Jeff Graham Selected as Purim off Ponce 2016 Honoree



Graham will be presented with the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award at SOJOURN’s 10th annual “Purim off Ponce” fundraiser on March 5, 2016


Atlanta, GA — The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN) is thrilled to announce Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, will receive the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award at their annual fundraiser, Purim off Ponce, on March 5, 2016. Now in its 10th year, Purim off Ponce celebrates the important advocacy, education, outreach and suicide prevention work SOJOURN does throughout the Southeastern United States and funds a significant portion of SOJOURN’s annual operating budget.

Rebecca Stapel-Wax, executive director of SOJOURN says, “Jeff has been a strong supporter of SOJOURN for many years. He was instrumental in our transition into a fully independent 501(c)(3) organization and he has been strong partner in our advocacy and education work across the South. We couldn’t think of a better honoree as we celebrate 10 years of Purim off Ponce and 15 years of hard work across the region.”

Purim off Ponce 2016 encourages patrons to bring out their “wild” side. Costumes are encouraged. Purim off Ponce includes an open bar, drag and other performances, and dancing. Sponsorships are available and begin at $300.


When: March 5, 2016; 8:00 pm - Midnight

Where: Le Fais do-do, 1161 Ellsworth Industrial Ave NW, Atlanta, 30318

Tickets: $75 in advance; $100 at the door

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The Jewish holiday of Purim honors the biblical story of Esther, a Jewish woman who had to hide her true self - and later “come out” - in order to save the Jewish people from destruction in ancient Babylon. Purim is the most festive holiday on the Jewish calendar and customs include donning elaborate costumes, grand celebrations, and embracing the triumph of good over evil. Many describe Purim as a cross between Mardi Gras, Halloween, and April Fool’s Day. Like Esther’s life-saving coming out, Purim off Ponce encourages all to celebrate who they are.


The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN) promotes increased understanding and acceptance of individuals across the spectrum of gender and sexual orientation in the Southeast through education, outreach and advocacy, inspired by Jewish and universal ethics and ideals.


Robbie Medwed

Robbie Medwed began working with SOJOURN when it was known as The Rainbow Center as a volunteer in 2008. He served as chair of the TRC Advisory Board and as co-chair of Purim off Ponce (2010, 2011) before moving into his current role as Assistant Director, where he oversees SOJOURN's educational programming and outreach, including our award-winning workshops and training seminars. Robbie holds a master's degree in Jewish education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has written curricula and nationally-recognized inclusive programs for the Marcus JCC of Atlanta, BBYO, USY, Camp Ramah, the Jewish Teen Funders Network, Babaganewz, and JewishGPS. Robbie is also a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and cyclist. Robbie can be reached at