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Purim off Ponce is SOJOURN's annual fundraiser. Since its inception, Purim off Ponce has been known as one of Atlanta's greatest costume parties. Great drinks, dinner, dancing, and of course, drag queens!

Purim off Ponce 2014 honored the work of Rabbi Brad Levenberg of Temple Sinai and Rabbi Loren Lapidus of The Temple. In recognition of their commitment both to the cause of equality and the Welcoming Synagogues Project, we were thrilled to present Rabbi Brad and Rabbi Loren with the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award.


Click here for Purim Off Ponce 2014 pictures!

Photos courtesy of Lawrence Andrade and Brooke Hewitt, Rose Riot Photography.


Our Honorees

Rabbi Loren Lapidus, The Temple

Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus joined the clergy team at The Temple in July 2008 and currently serves as an Associate Rabbi. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2008 where she also received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. In Atlanta, Rabbi Lapidus has co-chaired multiple events for the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition of the American Jewish Committee. She completed the Glass Leadership Institute of the Anti-Defamation League and continues to be involved with ADL, as well as SOJOURN and other Atlanta organizations. Rabbi Lapidus is a co-chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Women’s Rabbinic Network.

Rabbi Lapidus is married to Rabbi Micah Lapidus, who is the Director of Judaic and Hebrew Studies at The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy. They have a daughter, Hadara, who was born in 2011, and a son, Caleb, who was born in November, 2013.


Rabbi Brad Levenberg, Temple Sinai

Rabbi Levenberg joined Temple Sinai as Assistant Rabbi in 2006 and has been serving as Associate Rabbi since 2009. In addition to his work with Temple Sinai, Rabbi Levenberg currently sits on the Executive Board of FAMA (Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta), serves as President of Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb, and is serving as co-chair of the film selection committee for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.  Rabbi Levenberg also serves NFTY as the NFTY SAR Regional Rabbi.  He has also previously served on the Rainbow Center Steering Committee, the steering committee of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, and the steering committee of ACCESS, the young adult division of the American Jewish Committee.  Additionally, Rabbi Levenberg is an alumni of LEAD Atlanta (2008) and works as a Sandy Springs Police Chaplain.

Rabbi Levenberg and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of Ilana and Evan.

Our 2014 Honoree Tribute Video

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.

2014 Chairs:


Aimee Rubinstein

Zak Koffler

2014 Performers & Entertainment

Naja Elieva

Fortune Teller


Congregation Bet Haverim Klezmer Band


Sadie Hawkins

Aerialist & Fire Performer


Musee Du Coeur

Burlesque Troupe


The Armorettes: Camp Drag Queens of the South


The Mike Veal Band



Thank You

2014 Hosts and Sponsors

(as of February 27, 2014) 


Sapphire Level Sponsors and Hosts


Emerald Level Sponsors and Hosts

Cindy Solomon


Topaz Level Sponsors and Hosts

The Clergy, Staff, and Leadership of The Temple

Rabbi Ron Segal and Rabbi Elana Perry

Karen & Richard Jacobson

Susan Kupferberg & Richard Mitchell

Dr. Howard Rosner

Margaret Kinsler Shainker

David Ezell



Garnet Level Sponsors and Hosts

Michael & Bryan Golson-Gross

Tamara & Marc Schwartz

Staci Kinsler & Jesse Gelbaum

Rabbi David & Gal Spinrad

Judy Wells & Sally Purvis

Rabbi Joshua Lesser

Sue and Roger Hochman

Sylvia Gross

Rebecca & Jennifer Stapel-Wax

Charlie Chasen & Jamie L. Collins

Al Endel & Derek Lowery

Barry Roseman

Lee Ann Tolbert Sheets & Kathy Strauss

Jeri Kagel & Susan Levy

Feminist Health Center

Brad Berman

The Lapidus Family

Lazott, Inc.

Marcie & Barry Koffler

Lynn & Eric Tarnow

Jennifer Weissman & Stephen Kay

Zak Koffler & Luka Anic

Rabbi Sanford Kopnick and The Valley Temple, OH

Margie & Steve Osheroff

Beverly Korfin & Andrea Finn

Julie Fishman & Terry Pechacek

Leanne Rubinstein & Allison Davis

The Cohen Charitable Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Berman

Mark L. & Jane S. Cohen

Marci & Kevin Nuffer

Rabbi Joshua and Wendy Heller

Bernard & Dolores Wax

Martha Charles Chasen



In-Kind Sponsors

Beck's Place Catering