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About Us

SOJOURN was founded in 2001 as The Rainbow Center. Supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, it was a central point to promote change and inclusion for LGBTQ+ Jews and people of all faiths throughout metro Atlanta. The Rainbow Center experienced enormous growth as the country’s social and political attitudes evolved.

In 2013, the Rainbow Center was renamed SOJOURN: the Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity. We think of our work as a "sojourn", a temporary stay, and we are home on the journey to full inclusion.

SOJOURN remains committed to growing and expanding educational programming, outreach, and suicide prevention through the South; both in the Jewish and general communities. Our website and social media continue to be a destination for support and resources for LGBTQ people and their families. We have reached over 20,000 people since our inception and have organized the Jewish community at Pride to increase solidarity, partnerships, and inclusion.

Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Executive Director

Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Founder

SOJOURN'S Board of Directors

Amy Sue Mann, President

Tom Downs, Treasurer

Members at Large

Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Jill Cohen

Abbie Fuksman

Jeri Kagel

Staci Kinsler Gelbaum

Beverly Korfin

Rev. Mercy Packer-Monroe

Scot Safon

Tamara Schwartz

Mark Spieler

Atlanta Queer Women's Group

Blaire Cohen