SOJOURN is thrilled to honor

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival & Kenny Blank

Purim Off Ponce 2020

Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award Honorees

 On February 29, 2020 will have a mythic with a Myths, Mystics and Muses themed 14th annual Purim Off Ponce, Atlanta’s best costume party!

Come be Mythic with SOJOURN at Purim Off Ponce on February 29, 2020 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 2019 - Bex Taylor-Klaus

About the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award

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.

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

SOJOURN’s Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award will be presented to AJFF and Kenny Blank for 20 years of showing films that tell the stories of gender and sexually diverse (GSD) people and for their inclusive and welcoming community engagement. Acknowledging AJFF’s mission of seeking to use the power of film to both entertain and educate, AJFF challenges conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing the Jewish and global communities. Under Kenny’s leadership, AJFF’s has fearlessly approached showing LGBTQ-affirming films, even when they provoke discomfort or prompt difficult questions.