Photo: Mark Hill Photography

SOJOURN was thrilled to honor

Bex Taylor-Klaus

The 2019 Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award Honoree

 On March 9, 2019, SOJOURN was “up all night to get lucky” at Purim Off Ponce, Atlanta’s best costume party!

Once again, hundreds of  gender and sexually diverse (GSD) people and their allies came together to celebrate SOJOURN’s work -- affirming and empowering GSD people across the South.

Enjoy these photos by Jean Bartlett

A 24 year-old Atlanta native, Bex is boldly using their platform as an actor to bring gender and sexually diverse characters into the light, empowering fans to come to terms with their own gender fluidity. “There’s so much in this world telling you to be something different and that’s so detrimental. I’d rather have kids see something and go, ‘It’s okay to be me.’ ”

Bex’s connection to SOJOURN started years before they came out, when their best friend, Lili, asked them to join her bat mitzvah service project with The Rainbow Center/SOJOURN. Lili, Bex and a group of friends learned how to facilitate discussions with their peers to prevent bullying GSD people. 

Last year, SOJOURN broke new records with a sold-out event that brought together over 450 attendees, including 166 hosts, who generously gave over $100,000 and grew SOJOURN’s revenue by more than 100 percent from the year before.

All proceeds from Purim off Ponce support the important work of SOJOURN, including our nationally recognized curricula for community-based training and education for gender and sexually diverse (GSD) inclusion and suicide prevention.

Like Daft Punk sang in “Get Lucky:”

What keeps the planet spinning

The force of love beginning

We’ve come toO far to give up who we are

So let’s raise the bar and our cups to the stars




Come try your luck with SOJOURN at Purim Off Ponce on March 9, 2019 from 7:00-11pm at The Temple. 21+.


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 & Rabbi Michael Bernstein                                                                                                                             2018 - Judy Marx & Billy Planer


About the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award


Michael Jay Kinsler’s family video tribute narrated by his mother, Margaret Kinsler Shainker, z”ll.

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.

Sponsors & Hosts

(as of February 26, 2019)

The Taylor Family: Judith & Mark Taylor~Chuck & Lisa Taylor~Kenneth & Michele Taylor~Janet Taylor & Dan Zwillinger~Bex, David, Elaine, Josh & Sydney Taylor-Klaus


Osiason Educational Foundation



Susan Kupferberg & Richard Mitchell
Charlie Chasen & Jamie Collins
Elisa & Bobby Ezor
Lauren Rich & Marian Myers
Johanna & Rabbi Hillel Norry
Dr. Howard Rosner & Scott Klein
Rebecca Leary & *Scot Safon
Peter Bjerkerot and *Mark Spieler
Cindy Solomon
The Temple
Joni Winston
A Proud Supporter Jane & Mark Cohen
*Abbie Fuksman & Ron Leopold
Jack & Lynne Halpern
Harry Heiman & Abby Friedman
Carolyn Oppenheimer
*Mindy & Michael Planer
Barbara & Martin Pollock
Tamara & Marc Schwartz
Rebecca & Jennifer Stapel-Wax
Wendy Weiner & Delia Champion
Dolores & Bernard Wax
Gary Alembik & Stephen Graves

Atlanta Pride Committee

Brad Berman

Dan Bloom & Barry Golivesky
Felice Cohen & Jillian Becher
 Judith, Elliott, and *Jill Cohen
Sheri & Jimmy Krell

*Michael Lappin & John West Michael Levin & Barbra Roth
Glenda & David Minkin
Lynn & Lewis Redd  

Dr. David & Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder

David & Deanna Alexander

Diane & Kent Alexander Elaine & Miles Alexander

Pamela Gold Alexander & Michael Alexander
Kathy & Ben Barkley Marci Alt & Alisa Boeur
Richard B. Arno - FMB Advisors
Ron & Barbara Balser
Jay & Martin Beard-Coles
Drs. Nadine Becker & Daniel Shapiro
Shoshana & Mark Ben-Yoar
Martha & Barry Berlin
Lynne Borsuk & Rob Smulien
Mary Virginia & Peter Coffman
Bruce Cohen
Carol & Larry Cooper
Brett & Heidi Davis
Faye Dresner
Al Endel & Derek Lowery

Ina & Harold Enoch

Jana Eplan & Craig Frankel Brian Ettelman & Christopher Doyle

Julie Fishman & Terry Pechacek Glen Paul Freedman
Staci & Jesse Gelbaum
Bryan Golson & Michael Gross
Gerri Goodman & Michael Kramer
Dr. David & Rabbi Pamela Gottfried Maximilano Grass & Eriana Rivera-Rozo
Billie Greenberg Sylvia Gross
Michal Ilai Interglobe Cross-Cultural Business Services, Inc.
Karen & Richard Jacobson George Johnson & Morris Steward
*Jeri Kagel & Susan Levy

Lisa & Darren Katz

Sharon Kinsler Karlan Gus Kaufman, Jr.
Roseanne & Andy Kauss
Sharon Levine Khoury

Barbara Klaus
Dr. Scott Kleber & Ms. Nancy Habif

Zak Koffler and Luka Anic *Beverly Korfin & Andrea Finn
Beth & Bill Laing

Liz Lapidus & Jeff Levy Sheryl Lee

*Rabbi Joshua Lesser & Alessandro Ramaldes Lauren Levin & Cindy Smith
Leslie & Bobby Levy
Robin Loeb & Eli Crossin Mike Lorton & Gary Youngblood

Lozott, Inc.
Wonya Lucas
*Amy Sue Mann & Noah Aronson
Judy Marx & Eric Miller
Ellen Mazer & Andy Segal
Patty & Howard Maziar Dara Merlin & Meredith Ragains
Nancy Miller & Jackie Sherman
Morris Family Foundation Margie & Steve Osheroff
Seth Persily & McCree O'Kelley
Leanne Rubenstein
Susan & Rabbi Neil Sandler
Jason Schneider & Jamie Carroll

Reva Levin Schuster & J. Stephen Schuster Joyce & Henry Schwob
Beth & Jon Seidel Anne & Paul Silver
Michelle & Gary Simon

Gloria & Ken Southerland
Joan M. Stuart
Penya & Eric Taub
Karen Tekulsky & Barbara Rubin
Suzi & Phil Tipton
Michelle Tracz, CPA, CFE, PLLC
Jennifer Weissman & Stephen Kay
ShaSha Zipkin

*Board Members
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia

Anti-Defamation League Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Rabbinical Association
Congregation B'nai Torah
Congregation Bet Haverim
Congregation Etz Chaim
Congregation Gesher L'Torah
Congregation Shearith Israel
Etgar 36
Jewish Family & Career Services
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
Jewish Fertility Foundation
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
Temple Beth Tikvah
Temple Sinai The Phillip Rush Center
The Weber School