Celebrating 11 Years as Atlanta's Best Costume Party & Fundraiser!
Purim off Ponce is SOJOURN's annual fundraiser. Now in its eleventh year, Purim off Ponce has been known as one of Atlanta's greatest costume parties. Great drinks, dancing, and of course, drag queens! All proceeds from Purim off Ponce support the important work of SOJOURN.
Purim off Ponce 2017 honors the work of Rabbis Michael Bernstein and Pamela Gottfried. In recognition of their longtime support of SOJOURN, Rabbis Bernstein and Gottfried will receive the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award.
Rabbi michael Bernstein
Michael Bernstein is the Rabbi of Congregation Gesher L'Torah, a dynamic community inAtlanta where each person's story is embraced and Judaism is personal.
Rabbi Bernstein has a passion for finding new ways to draw inspiration and meaning from Jewish sources especially in celebrating the holiness in each person's relationship with themselves, with G*d, and with those we love. His work leads him to deep ecumenical encounters with people of manyfaiths and approaches.
He has studied Jewish mysticism, contemporary philosophy, and the art seeing the everyday world through the lens of Jewish insight. He blogs weekly and ispublished in the Huffington Post, Times of Israel, and The Wisdom Daily. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1999 and in 2015 was honored to be inducted into the Morehouse College International Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers. He is proud to be a strong advocate of SOJOURN and to have been part of the successful campaign to defeat legislation that would strip protections from members of the LGBTQ community in Georgia.
He and his wife Tracie have three children: Ayelet, Yaron and Liana.
Rabbi Pamela Gottfried
Pamela Jay Gottfried is a rabbi, parent, teacher, artist and author. and the author of Found in Translation: Common Words of Uncommon Wisdom. Since her ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1993, Gottfried has taught students of all ages in churches, colleges, community centers, mosques, schools, summer camps and synagogues. She is a member of the American Guild of Judaic Art and an alumna of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders, whose mission is to make Jewish wisdom available to those seeking to enrich their lives.
Rabbi Gottfried is currently the Dean of Jewish Studies and Student Life at The Felicia Penzell Weber Jewish Community High School where she has been instrumental in the success of their Gender and Sexual Diversity Alliance and has organized SOJOURN workshops for her students and colleagues. Rabbi Gottfried has been an active advocate for equality in Georgia and has spoken out against discriminatory legislation on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol and in the media and she is also an active participant and supporter of SOJOURN's parent discussion group.
She and her husband David have three children: Maital, Shira, and Jonah.
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.
Purim Off Ponce Chair
Staci Kinsler Gelbaum
Thank you to our Sponsors and Hosts
(as of January 18, 2016)
*Susan Kupferberg & Richard Mitchell
*Charlie Chasen and Jamie Collins
Barry Golivesky and Dan Bloom
Marcie and Barry Koffler
*Abbie Fuksman and Ron Leopold
Lynne and Jack Halpern
Sherri and Steve Boresow
Bryan Golson and Michael Gross
Rabbi Pamela and David Gottfried
Alison Kelly and Ken Alpern
*Michael Lappin and John West
Jeffrey and Amy Samuels
Rebecca and Jennifer Stapel-Wax
Alison and David Barrack
Gregory Beckett and Daniel Dexter
Shoshana and Mark Ben-Yoar
Anne and Phil Bernstein
Joseph Kennedy Chancey
Felice Cohen and Jillian Becher
Eddie and Sam Dressler
Al Endel and Derek Lowery
Julie Fishman and Terry Pechacek
Glen Paul Freedman/The GPF Group LLC
Staci and Jesse Gelbaum
Tiffany and Jacob Gelbaum
Harry Heiman and Abby Friedman
Rabbi Joshua Heller, Congregation B'nai Torah
Mitchell and Lili Hershkowitz
Donald and Kathleen Hodges
Esther and Steve Horn
Karen and Richard Jacobson
*Jeri Kagel and Susan Levy
Rabbi Ari and Emily Kaiman
Sharon Kinsler Karlan
Gus Kaufman, Jr.
Stephen Kay and Jennifer Weissman
Sharon Levine Khoury
Zak Koffler and Luka Anic
*Beverly Korfin and Andrea Finn
Steve and Betsy Kramer
Fred and Harriet Kriegel
Rebecca Leary and Scot Safon
*Joshua Lesser and Alex Ramaldes
Leslie and Bobby Levy
Mike Lorton and Gary Youngblood
*Amy Sue Mann and Noah Aronson
Rodger Marks and Jack Pelham
Patty and Howard Maziar
Dara Merlin and Meredith Ragains
Monique Mikrut and Emily Rubin
Nancy Miller and Jackie Sherman
Glenda and David Minkin
Margie and Steve Osheroff
Dr. Larisa and Mr. Reid Perlman
Pinnacle Trials, Inc.
Mindy and Michael Planer
Lynn and Lewis Redd
Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler
*Tamara and Marc Schwartz
*Mark Spieler and Peter Bjerkerot
Lynn and Eric Tarnow
Dolores and Bernard Wax