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Breastfeeding at: Temple Beth Israel, Waltham, MA

Temple Beth Israel in Waltham, Massachussetts

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It is both permitted and welcome.

It “Hasn’t been addressed in writing, but I’ve nursed there without issue, trying to cover up without nursing. No one ever commented.   I usually cover up or sit not facing people, but haven’t felt inconvenienced.”

Private Nursing Locations:

“Unofficially, there is a children’s room and downstairs play areas.” The Children’s Room is the space that used to be the Bridal Room.  It is “Near [the] sanctuary, next to the kitchen. And downstairs there are more rooms.”  There are chairs and cushions there.  

Other Information:

There are plenty of options for spaces to nurse, if you don’t want to nurse in the sanctuary or the children’s room.  They are not designated for the purpose, but are often available.


Genera Child Friendliness:

There is a changing table in the Children’s Room.  There is space for strollers to be parked, and there is space for children’s supplies in the coat room.  If you needed to store pumped milk, you could probably put it in the main fridge, preferably with a label with your name.

“The congregation loves seeing and hearing children.”  They are welcome in the main service.  The website adds that “Temple Beth Israel provides babysitting every Shabbat from 10-12.  We have a large, carpeted playroom downstairs with a variety of books, toys and games and sufficient space for both quiet and active play.  Children are also joyfully welcome in the main service and often move between the playroom and services.”  There is a monthly children’s service, aimed at children ages 2-7.

Bottle-feeding is fine in this community.


This synagogue received a  rating of

    • Great, could barely be better- 1

out of 7, where 1 is the best rating, and 7 is the worst.

Contact Information:

Rabbi David Finkelstein at rabbidavid@tbiwaltham.org

Synagogue Website:  http://tbiwaltham.org


Breastfeeding at: Emanuel Synagogue, Oklahoma City, OK

Emmanuel Synagogue, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It is permitted.  “The Rabbi breastfeeds her own baby in the sanctuary and in the chapel.”  It is mostly comfortable.

Private Nursing Locations:

There is no designated nursing room/space, but “There is a children’s room adjacent to the chapel, and there is one ladies’ room with comfy furniture.”   That bathroom is on the “main floor, between the chapel and the sanctuary”.  There are some accessibility limitations.  I’d suggest contacting the rabbi to find out more, if this is a concern for you.

Other Information:

The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.

“People usually offer [information about breastfeeding locations] when they see a family with babies–we’re not that big.”

“Our older members seem to be shifting from discomfort to joy that there are more babies around here. The nursing cover does not seem to impact attitudes–although I think people notice that breastfeeding is occuring far less if no cover is used (or, rather, if the only cover is the mother’s shirt).”

General Child Friendliness:

There are changing tables available in the women’s bathroom only.  There is no designated space for strollers.  There is space for kids’ supplies, including a fridge for pumped breastmilk.

The attitude toward children in the main service is “Positive, if the noise is kept to a dull roar”.

Bottle feeding may or may not be accepted and comfortable in this community.  If you have experience bottle-feeding here, please let me know what it’s like!


This synagogue received a rating of

  • Great, could barely be better- 1

out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.

Contact Information:

General contact at emanuel_office@coxinet.net

Rabbi  Abby Jacobson via form on the website at http://www.emanuelokc.org/#!rabbi/c1h35

Synagogue Website:  www.emanuelokc.org