Photo: Mark Hill Photography

SOJOURN is thrilled to announce

Bex Taylor-Klaus

The 2019 Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award Honoree

 On March 9, 2019, SOJOURN will be “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 will come together to celebrate SOJOURN’s work -- affirming and empowering GSD people across the South.

A 24 year-old Atlanta native, Bex is boldly using her 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 she came out, when her best friend, Lili, asked her 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+.

Tickets To Purim Off Ponce go on sale January 1, 2019.


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 December 13, 2018)

The Taylor Family: Judith & Mark Taylor~Chuck & Lisa Taylor~Kenneth & Michele Taylor~Janet Taylor & Dan Zwillinger~The Taylor-Klaus Family


Ampere Wealth Management

Osiason Educational Foundation


Susan Kupferberg & Richard Mitchell
Charlie Chasen & Jamie Collins
Elisa & Bobby Ezor
Marcie & Barry Koffler
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
Jane & Mark Cohen
*Abbie Fuksman & Ron Leopold
Jack & Lynne Halpern
Harry Heiman & Abby Friedman
A Proud Supporter
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
Glenda & David Minkin
Lynn & Lewis Redd
Diane & Kent Alexander
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 Brian Ettelman & Christopher Doyle
*Beverly Korfin & Andrea Finn
Julie Fishman & Terry Pechacek Glen Paul Freedman
Staci & Jesse Gelbaum
Bryan Golson & Michael Gross
Gerri Goodman & Michael Kramer
Dr. David & Rabbi Pamela Gottfried
Billie Greenberg
Sylvia Gross
Michal Ilai
Karen & Richard Jacobson
*Jeri Kagel & Susan Levy

Sharon Kinsler Karlan Gus Kaufman, Jr.
Roseanne & Andy Kauss
Barbara Klaus
Dr. Scott Kleber & Ms. Nancy Habif
*Rabbi Joshua Lesser & Alessandro Ramaldes
Liz Lapidus & Jeff Levy
Sheryl Lee Lauren Levin & Cindy Smith
Leslie & Bobby Levy
Robin Loeb & Eli Crossin Lozott, Inc.
Wonya Lucas
*Amy Sue Mann & Noah Aronson
Judy Marx & Eric Miller
Ellen Mazer & Andy Segal
Patty & Howard Maziar
Nancy Miller & Jackie Sherman
Morris Family Foundation Margie & Steve Osheroff
Seth Persily & McCree O'Kelley
*Leanne Rubenstein
Susan & Rabbi Neil Sandler
Joyce & Henry Schwob
Jason Schneider & Jamie Carroll
Anne & Paul Silver
Michelle & Gary Simon
Joan M. Stuart
Penya & Eric Taub
Karen Tekulsky & Barbara Rubin
Suzi & Phil Tipton
Michelle Tracz, CPA, CFE, PLLC
Jennifer Weissman & Stephen Kay
Interglobe Cross-Cultural Business Services, Inc. ShaSha Zipkin

*Board Members
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