A cornerstone of the holiday of Sukkot is the sukkah, or temporary shelter, covered in natural materials that is used especially for celebratory meals during the festival. SOJOURN In The Sukkah, now in its 2nd year, has grown from a single event to a series of five events, an evolution that is evocative of the Jewish community’s embrace of the LGBTQ+ community.
SOJOURN hosts a number of events throughout the South during the year. We also sponsor local, volunteer-driven social groups in Atlanta and Birmingham whose events may not always be listed here. To check out those volunteer-planned events, visit their MeetUp pages here:
- Atlanta Jewish LGBTQ MeetUp Group
- Atlanta Lesbian/Bi/Trans/Queer Women's MeetUp Group
- Birmingham Jewish LGBTQ MeetUp Group
Rather than suppress desire, Judaism has embraced opportunities to sanctify the sexual experience.
Join SOJOURN, HAMSA and others to hear from those in recovery and join in group discussions on this and other issues in a supportive, inclusive environment.
Join SOJOURN and Groundspark for a workshop for all adult family members and school staff serving ages K-12 to learn how to create a school climate where all students feel safe and welcome.
Join us for an interactive workshop to provide us tools that further our awareness and strengthen our advocacy efforts for LGBT+ youth in Birmingham and beyond.
Join SOJOURN and Groundspark for a special workshop on reducing suicide risk in the LGBTQ community on college campuses.
[Birmingham] Book Discussion: Joy Ladin's "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders"
Join Birmingham's Welcoming Communities Task Force for a lively discussion of Joy Ladin's powerful memoir at the Emmet O'Neal Library in Mountain Brook on January 14.
Atlanta's Jewish LGBT/Queer Meetup Group is hosting a tea happy hour at Tipple and Rose, and you're invited!
Join Rabbi Joshua Lesser and Rabbi Malka Packer to learn about the rituals of the mikvah and how LGBT people can integrate it into contemporary and meaningful practice.
Everyone knows Dr. Ruth as the most famous and trusted sex therapist, but few people know she narrowly escaped death from the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, or that she was a sniper during Israel's War of Independence.
Join us for a Shabbat dinner potluck with new and old friends. We gather together almost every month for a spiritual celebration - Shabbat dinners, Havdallah, and more! There's always something to look forward to and new friends are always welcome.
Join SOJOURN, The Health Initiative, Atlanta Pride, and Jewish Family and Career Services for a Christian-Jewish Panel Discussion on substance abuse and recover in the Faith/LGBTQ Communities.
[Asheville] Learn the skills neccesary to speak out against homophobia and transphobia while exploring the ways you can change your communities for the better. Free and open to the public!
SOJOURN and the Levite JCC invite you and your family for a screening of the film Straightlaced to kickoff the Welcoming Communities Program in Birmingham, Alabama. The film's creators will be joining us for a moving discussion after the film. This program is appropriate for people of all ages.
Join SOJOURN, Groundspark, and the MJCCA for a free workshop for Jewish professionals on gender expression and sexual orientation.
Parents, educators, and students in grades 6 and up are invited to a free afternoon workshop on preventing bullying and exclusion at school, presented by SOJOURN and Groundspark.
Join SOJOURN at the Book Festival of the MJCCA for a night with Andy Cohen, featuring local personality Mara Davis. Cohen will discuss his newest book, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year. Use discount code "SOJOURN" to support SOJOURN!
Start your Pride festivities off right by remembering those who we have lost in the AIDS pandemic, honoring those who are currently living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and recommitting ourselves to advocating for education, treatment, resources and a cure for this disease that has deeply affected so many people that we love.