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.

Our Honorees

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 PostTimes 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

The 2016 video tribute to Rainmaker Award namesake Michael Jay Kinsler, narrated by his late mother, Margaret Kinsler Shainker.

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

Howard Rosner

Cindy Solomon


*Abbie Fuksman and Ron Leopold

Lynne and Jack Halpern

Carolyn Oppenheimer


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

Joan Stuart

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Alison and David Barrack

Gregory Beckett and Daniel Dexter

Shoshana and Mark Ben-Yoar

Brad Berman

Anne and Phil Bernstein

Joseph Kennedy Chancey

Felice Cohen and  Jillian Becher

Faye Dresner

Eddie and Sam Dressler

Al Endel and Derek Lowery 

Julie Fishman and Terry Pechacek

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Staci and Jesse Gelbaum  

Tiffany and Jacob Gelbaum

Billie Greenberg

Sylvia Gross

Harry Heiman and Abby Friedman

Rabbi Joshua Heller, Congregation B'nai Torah

Mitchell and Lili Hershkowitz

Donald and Kathleen Hodges

Heidi Hoover

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

Sheryl Lee

*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

Glenda Minkin

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

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Mindy and Michael Planer

Lynn and Lewis Redd

*Leanne Rubenstein

Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler

*Tamara and Marc Schwartz

Marlene Schwartz

*Mark Spieler and Peter Bjerkerot

Lynn and Eric Tarnow

Cully Veal  

Dolores and Bernard Wax


*SOJOURN Board Member

Community Partners

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In-Kind Sponsors

Beck's Place Catering

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