SOJOURN was thrilled to honor
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+.
PAST SOJOURN RAINMAKER AWARD RECIPIENTS
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