Children belong in the synagogue - Feature

Children belong in the synagogue

LEILAH MOONEY JOSEPH | Kveller via JTA | Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 am

It finally happened. My son is almost 9 months old, and this week, for the first time, a stranger came up to me and asked me to “take him somewhere else.” Even worse, it happened at synagogue.

The woman who approached me was quite obviously not a member of our congregation – and when some of the clergy and lay leaders later heard what happened, they were a combination of embarrassed, irritated and bemused. Each of them said to me, with a smile, “Well, clearly she is not a member here.” This was obvious to me, as it was to them, because our congregation – Adas Israel in Washington, D.C. – is about the most kid-friendly place I have ever been.

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