by Christina Cauterucci
As more than 800,000 government employees were sent home this morning, the staff at Washington, D.C.’s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue opened “,” a gathering space for furloughed locals to work and play.
Esther Safran Foer, Sixth & I’s executive director, called an impromptu staff meeting yesterday morning to suggest that they allow displaced federal workers to use the Wi-Fi at the synagogue, which regularly hosts secular concerts and lectures in addition to events for the Jewish community.
“I can’t imagine how stressful it is to … wake up in the morning and realize you have no idea if you’re going to get paid for that day, or for the next couple days,” says Beth Semel, the synagogue’s program associate. “We wanted to give people a place to forget about it.” Continue reading “Scenes Of A Shutdown: A Synagogue Hosts Furloughed Workers”