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Breastfeeding At: Special Summary About Unnamed Israeli Synagogues

I’ve received a few questionnaires that describe synagogues in Israel that don’t seem to have any name.  So far, I’ve gotten 3 such responses (out of a bit over 100 total responses)- so it can’t be so unusual there.

Going forward, I’ve modified the questionnaire to ask for alternative identifiers.

But so that you can see as much as I do, here are a few quick things that I’ve noticed.

-Two permit, very comfortably: “Simply, it’s what is done. In this particular shul, the mechitza is constructed in such a way that men and women can’t see each other, so it feels less complex.” and “As far as I know there’s no written policy, there have just always been nursing mothers in Shul, both with and without covers”, while at the last, it isn’t and the mother who filled out the questionnaire writes that she “got yelled at for trying with a cover”.

-I don’t have enough evidence to think about whether they are representative of local communities- one of these is even anonymous enough to be in an unnamed Yishuv, while the others are in Jerusalem (and like the other few I’ve gotten information about, has been very open to breastfeeding), and in Haifa (not open to it at all).  But I have no other questionnaires about Haifa synagogues, so I really can’t say anything.

-I do notice that Israeli synagogues seem not to have diaper changing tables anywhere.  I have not yet received a questionnaire where an Israeli synagogue is reported to have a changing table.

That’s what I saw as useful or interesting to share from these synagogues.  I look forward to broadening this blog’s reporting about Israeli synagogues- especially if we can get the identification thing down.

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Breastfeeding at: קהילת גוננים, Jeusalem, Israel

קהילת גוננים in Jerusalem, Israel

Nursing in the Sanctuary:

Breastfeeding is permitted in the service by unwritten policy (though hardly practiced), and is comfortable if the mother uses a cover.

Private Nursing Locations:

There used to be a private nursing location that consisted of “a couple chairs behind a mechitza” near the sanctuary.   Longtime members will know where it was.  It hasn’t been set up lately, but the respondent intends to write to the set-up committee to have them start putting it up again.

Other Information:

No information is publicized about the synagogue policy on breastfeeding.

“Most women nurse with a cover outside the sanctuary,” but “I once nursed a 2 year old at a Tu Bishvat shul event (with no cover), and a women from the shul committee came over later and said she noticed me nursing my son – kol hakavod! ”

General Child Friendliness:

There is  no changing table.  Strollers are parked near the sanctuary, near where the nursing location is, when it is set up.  There is no place for kids’ supplies.

“Children are very much part of the shul (and there’s a separate children’s service. ”

“There are a lot of women who bottle feed [in this community], it’s considered normal. ”

Wrap-Up:

This synagogue received a rating of

  • Alright, it works pretty well- 3

out of 7 (where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst)

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