Celebrating 12 Years as Atlanta's Best Costume Party & Fundraiser!

 SOJOURN exists to ensure fairytale stories for each of us -- because somewhere between “once upon a time” and “happily ever after,” everything is possible, and dreams do come true.

 On Saturday evening, March 3, 2018, we will come together cloaked in fairytale-inspired costumes to support SOJOURN’s work advancing LGBTQ affirmation and empowerment across the South.

On this magical evening, we will recognize honorees Judy Marx and Billy Planer, who each will receive the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award for their professional and personal efforts toward building loving communities where LGBTQ people feel welcomed, listened to and safe. All proceeds from Purim Off Ponce support the important education and training at the heart of SOJOURN.

 Over 450 attendees enjoy Purim Off Ponce every year and come from all walks of life: both straight and gay, in-town and suburban, Jewish and not.

In 2016, 2,000+ individuals, including 700+ young people, participated in SOJOURN workshops and/or programs.


2007 - Leslie Levy, Rhoda Margolis, and Barbara Katz
2008 - Leanne Rubenstein
2009 - Gus Kaufman
2010 - Rabbi Joshua Lesser
2011 - Charlie Chasen and Beverly Korfin
2012 - Owen Halpern z’’l
2013 - Sylvia Gross
2014 - Rabbi Loren Lapidus and Rabbi Bradley Levenberg
2015 - Dan Bloom & Barry Golivesky
2016 - Jeff Graham
2017 - Rabbi Pamela Gottfried and Rabbi Michael Bernstein


Our Honorees

Judy Marx

In March 2015, Judy Marx was named the first Executive Director of Interfaith Community Initatives, Inc. (ICI).  In this position, she oversees ICI’s many programs, including World Pilgrims™, Atlanta Interfaith Leaders Forum, and Immersion Experiences, as well as represents interfaith efforts at community events and works with faith leadership across the city.

Prior to joining ICI, for three years Judy consulted with nonprofit organizations to improve their fundraising, community relations and leadership development.  Judy spent 12-½ years with American Jewish Committee where she served as the Atlanta Director, and where she was the Founding Director of the award-winning Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. She has remained involved in the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, co-chairing the Film Evaluation Committee for two years and currently co-chairing the festival’s Community Engagement Committee.  Also, in 2011 and 2013, Judy produced ReelAbilities ATL, Atlanta’s only disabilities film festival, working under the auspices of Georgia Community Support & Solutions.

In 2017, Judy was elected Sisterhood co-president and board member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, where she previously co-chaired the Leadership Institute. Additionally in 2017 she was elected to the MACoM board of directors.  In 1999, Judy was appointed by then Governor Barnes to the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.  She is a member of the 2001 Class of Leadership Atlanta, a 2002 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, and a founding board member of Limmud Southeast.  In 2011, Judy was recognized by the Trumpet Awards, receiving the “High Heels Award” and in 2012 was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel Board of Ministers and Laity at Morehouse College.

Billy Planer

Billy Planer has worked with Jewish youth for 30 years. In 1995, he created a weekend trip for his youth group in which they explored a city’s history and culture. The first trip was to Washington DC and subsequent years including Memphis, Boston, Chicago and New York. Every trip included a mix of Judaism, American history, politics, music and culture.

Challenged by a friend, Billy interviewed people while on a road trip around America.  Half way through, he realized he should be bringing teens to these historical spots and meet with people who are involved in changing the world.

Etgar 36 is a summer journey that takes Jewish teens on a bus across America in which they find their voice and power by meeting with all sides of political issues, learn about the history that shapes us where events happened, understand the unique culture of each city, become empowered and inspired to get involved and develop their American and Jewish identities.  12 teens participated in the inaugural summer journey in 2003. Immediately upon getting off the bus that summer day schools and synagogues called to have Etgar 36 run shorter trips for their students. These academic year trips focus on the Civil Rights movement in the South.

Since that first trip in 2003, over 18,000 people have been on an Etgar 36 journey. This includes day schools, youth, adult and family groups from synagogues as well as interreligious and inter racial groups.

Billy received his Bachelors degree from Syracuse University and a Masters in Education and Counseling from Georgia State University.

About the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award

The 2016 video tribute to Rainmaker Award namesake Michael Jay Kinsler, narrated by his late mother, Margaret Kinsler Shainker.

In 2014, the Rainmaker Award was renamed in honor of Michael Jay Kinsler. Michael was an active member of Congregation Bet Haverim and the Atlanta LGBT community and dedicated much of his life to ensuring that gay and lesbian Jews had a place to worship where they could find solace and pride. We hope to honor Michael's legacy of inclusion and action for many years to come.


2018 HOSTS


Arnall Golden Gregory LLP


Peter Bjerkerot & Mark Spieler*
Charlie Chasen* & Jamie Collins
The Cohen/Kogon Family
Marcie & Barry Koffler
Susan Kupferberg* & Richard Mitchell
Eric Miller - Harriet Miller - Wayne & Lori Miller - Ronny & Cathy Miller - Peggy & Lloyd Marbach
Mindy* & Michael Planer - Barbara & Dick Planer
Lauren Rich & Marian Meyers
The Temple

Jasper Level

Bruce Cohen

Abby Friedman & Harry Heiman
Abbie Fuksman* & Ron Leopold
Lynne & Jack Halpern
Margaret Graff & Richard Higgins
Tamara* & Marc Schwartz
Rebecca & Jennifer Stapel-Wax
Wendy Weiner & Delia Champion

Topaz lEVEL

Atlanta Pride Committee
Brad Berman
Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care
Elisa & Bobby Ezor
Ellen & Howard Feinsand
Beverly Korfin* & Andrea Finn

Bryan Golson & Michael Gross

Sheri* & Jimmy Krell
Michael Lappin*  & John West
Leslie & Robert Levy
Norma & Hans Marx
Glenda & David Minkin
Barbara & Marty Pollock

Alexandra & Ian Roth/Janet & Milton Dortch

Temple Kol Emeth

Williams Teusink

The Goldenburg Group
The Phillip Rush Center

Dolores & Bernard Wax


Ruth & David Abusch-Magder
Gary Alembik & Stephen Graves
Marci Alt
Jay & Martin Beard-Coles
Wendy & Dale Bearman
Shoshana & Mark Ben-Yoar
Candy & Steve Berman
Staci & Matt Brill
Michelle Casper & Alan Sokoloff
Harve Cohen and Greg McSparran
Judith, Elliott, and Jill Cohen

Nikki & Randy Crohn

Debbie Denenberg

Faye Dresner
Debra & Michael Edelson
Al Endel & Derek Lowery
Ina & Harold Enoch
Brian Ettelman & Christopher Doyle
FBM Financial
Julie Fishman & Terry Pechacek
Glen Paul Freedman
Staci & Jesse Gelbaum

 The Betty and Leon Goldstein Foundation

Nancy & Randy Gorod

Pamela & David Gottfried

Jeff Graham & Peter Stinner

Billie Greenberg

Sylvia Gross
Caryn Hanrahan & Andy Siegel
Barry & Linda Hirsch
Jeri Kagel & Susan Levy
Sharon Kinsler Karlan
Gus Kaufman
Stephen Kay & Jennifer Weissman
Soumaya Khalifa
Benay Krissel & Greg Pin
Sheryl Lee
Rabbi Joshua Lesser* & Alex Ramaldes
Lauren Levin & Cindy Smith
Robin Loeb & Eli Crossen
Marcy Louza
Lozott, Inc.

Amy Sue Mann* & Noah Aronson

Rhoda & Stephen Margolis

Charlotte & Joel Marks

Rodger Marks & Jack Pelham

Patty & Howard Maziar

Dara Merlin & Meredith Ragains

Nancy Miller & Jackie Sherman

Glenda & David Minkin

Marian & Bill Monahan

Melanie & Allan Nelkin

Pinnacle Trials, LLC
Lynn & Lewis Redd
Karen & Benno Rothschild
Leanne Rubenstein*
Emily Rubin & Monique Mikrut
Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler
Dave Schechter & Audrey Galex
The Schwartz Family

Marlene J. Schwartz

Beth & Jonathan Seidel

Anne & Paul Silver
Tina Stern & Robert Watts
Joan M. Stuart
Sweet Melissa's
Lynn & Eric Tarnow
Elaine & David Taylor-Klaus
Karen Tekulsky & Barbara Rubin
Drs. Avrum Weiss & Michelle Tullier
Wren Consulting - Culture on Purpose
Rita Wuebbeler
Gareth Young
ShaSha Zipkin


Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative
Atlanta Rabbinical Association
Congregation Bet Haverim
Congregation B'nai Torah
Congregation Etz Chaim
Congregation Gesher L'Torah
Congregation Or Hadash
Hadassah Greater Atlanta
Interfaith Community Initiatives
Jewish Family & Career Services
Marcus Jewish Community Center
Temple Beth Tikvah
Temple Sinai


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