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Sixth & I Historic Synagogue is opening up a shutdown shelter for federal government refugees Tuesday.

Any employee affected by the near-certain shutdown, or anyone else who just needs a place to hang out “during this period of uncertainty,” should go to the synagogue’s “Shutdown Central” every weekday starting at 10 a.m. until Congress reaches an agreement to fund the federal government, Sixth & I announced in a press release today.

“Throughout the day, there will be Political Ping Pong (red versus blue, with photos of certain government officials on the paddles), bipartisan board games, reading materials, constant streaming of The West Wing, and an informal meeting space with all of the essentials for non-essentials—free coffee, food, and Wifi,” the announcement read.

The idea is that if the shutdown drags on, Shutdown Central will grow into a community incubator, where people can lead classes in their areas of expertise, like yoga or social media practice, to their fellow furloughed employees. As they say, ain’t no party like a furlough party.

Flickr photo by user tpurk via a Creative Commons license.

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