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Breastfeeding at Fort Tryon Jewish Center (FTJC), Manhattan, NY

Fort Tryon Jewish Center in Manhattan, New York, USA

Originally posted 6/6/2015, Updated 7/20/16

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It is permitted and welcome in the service, with and without a cover, both officially and socially.

Previously, it was understood that breastfeeding was best done at the back, but this is no longer the case.  Some people are comfortable nursing in the midst of the regular seating, some others choose not to.

Private Nursing Locations:

There are two chairs for nursing in the entry room to the upstairs bathroom (a separate room), which also has a changing station.

Other Information:

The Fort Tryon Jewish Center currently meets at the Hebrew Tabernacle for most services.  When they meet elsewhere (for example, private homes/apartments), obviously, some of this information won’t be entirely accurate.

The policy was developed through consultation between the rabbi and congregants when several waves of new babies were born in a short period of time.   The policy was then announced in a drasha by the rabbi, a few years ago.  (Policy made public and clear- I love clear communication!)  However it is not shared on the website or in other materials.

Nursing is welcomed by this community, and one may  stay in the main seats while nursing.

Genera Child Friendliness:

There are changing tables in both the women’s and gender neutral bathrooms.  Strollers are parked outside or in the stairwell, and there is space for children’s needed supplies.

The main service is “very welcoming; toy corner and block corner in back. However, kids are expected to play quietly.”  One parent thinks the set-up prevents kids from sitting quietly up front with their toys, instead of in back.

Bottlefeeding is welcomed and comfortable in this community, both during services and other programming.

Wrap-Up:

This synagogue received ratings of

    • Alright, it works pretty well- 3
    • Alright, it works pretty well- 3

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

Contact Information:

Rabbi Guy Austrian at rabbi@ftjc.org

Synagogue Website:  http://www.ftjc.org

 

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Breastfeeding at The Harlem Minyan, Manhattan, NY

The Harlem Minyan in Manhattan, New York, USA

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It is permitted and welcome.  “Welcomed and encouraged. This minyan was founded on egalitarian, feminist and family-friendly principles, and nursing is a part of those principles.”

Private Nursing Locations:

This minyan doesn’t have a permanent space, so it depends on where they are each meeting.  Some of the spaces have rooms that can be used, but mostly women nurse in the room where prayer s happening.

Other Information:

No formal policy is found on the minyan’s materials.

Nursing is welcomed by this community, they are very positive about it.   “Most of the members have nursed their kids, and are supportive of whatever works best in each family.”

Genera Child Friendliness:

Changing table access depends on the space being used.   All the spaces have room for strollers and space for children’s needed supplies.

In the main service “Children are encouraged to stay for Kabbalat Shabbat. There is then a children’s group during the speech and Maariv. Often children stay, but we do ask for them to be quiet during the speech.”  This community  is mostly comprised of families with small kids, so there is a lot of understanding about children’s needs.

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.

Contact Information:

Leadership at theharlemminyan@gmail.com

There is no synagogue Website, but their facebook is here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Harlem-Minyan/387599511341881