Release your inner animal with SOJOURN at Purim Off Ponce 2024: Lions, Unicorns, Bears, OH MY! We'll gather at Zoo Atlanta on March 30, 2024 for a wild and wonderful night of celebration and giving back.
With LGBTQ+ rights under attack across the South, it's important to uplift the mama bears, fierce lions, and sparkly unicorns of our community.
There's no better way to support SOJOURN's work empowering communities to advance and celebrate gender and sexual diversity across the South than to become a Purim Off Ponce sponsor! Sponsors get package ticket prices, marketing benefits, and most important of all, support SOJOURN's critical efforts for Jewish and LGBTQ+ communities across the South.
Please note: The print deadline for Purim Off Ponce sponsorship is February 15, 2024. If you would like your or your organization's name included in the print materials for Purim Off Ponce, you MUST purchase your sponsorship package BEFORE February 15. All sponsorships submitted after February 15 will still be included in any and all digital Purim Off Ponce materials.
Snag your tickets now for Purim Off Ponce and join the untamed festivities! Buying individual tickets and attending POP is a great way to support SOJOURN's vital work, while being in joyful community and attending a fabulous party.
Pay it forward!
Do an act of gemilut chasadim (loving kindness) at POP by bringing a brand new stuffed animal to the party as a donation to DeKalb Fostering Love and Grace, the foster parent association in DeKalb County! While animals can be wild & wonderful, they can also be sources of love and comfort for the thousands of kids in the foster system who are missing their favorite stuffies. Join us in making the magic of POP last far beyond the end of the night!
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We are so excited to introduce you to our 2024 Purim Off Ponce honorees!
Embrace the spirit of this year's POP theme, "Lions, Unicorns, Bears, OH MY!" as we celebrate three extraordinary individuals embodying the strength of a Lion, the magic of a Unicorn, and the nurturing essence of a (Mama) Bear. Their awe-inspiring, selfless contributions to both their professions and communities make them the perfect recipients of the prestigious Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award.
Dr. Morissa Ladinsky, raised by social justice warrior parents in Madison, WI, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a clinician and medical educator wearing many hats including creating and co-leading the Deep South’s only multidisciplinary gender clinic for youth. She has lobbied, testified and advocated in opposition to Alabama’s anti-transgender legislation. Dr. Ladinsky serves on and oversees several coalition teams facilitating nationwide access to care for gender diverse youth from ban states to safe states.
She has uncovered a passion for policy engagement and health equity, also leading her Pediatric Department’s DEI Council and serving on the DEI subcommittee of the UAB Faculty Senate. She is a lead faculty attending in the UAB Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, and co-leads the region's NICU Follow-up Team to optimize health for medically complex graduates of Alabama’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
Since 2014, Morissa has participated in activities SOJOURN has hosted with Birmingham, AL's Welcoming Communities Project. When not training tomorrow’s pediatricians, advocating for health equity for special populations, or serving on state level advisory boards and committees, she and her pediatrician husband love hiking, hanging with their mostly grown kids and their progeny and exploring this truly beautiful part of the U.S.
Art and caregiving were major influences in Shane Garner’s early life. As a teenager, he volunteered as an art therapist at a local mental health rehabilitation facility. At age 17, he was a founding member of American Express's diversity development team. He worked with the Elton John Red Ribbon Foundation and participated in the first ever AIDS walk in Atlanta. Since then, Shane has built a fantastical career in travel, television, film, and special events.
Shane has been involved in Angel Action Atlanta, where he is known as “Papa Angel”, as well as The Million Man March, The March on Washington, The Atlanta Women's March, Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter as well as numerous charities for the homeless. In 2007, Shane was introduced to Rebecca Stapel-Wax and volunteered to do decor for The Rainbow Center’s first ever Purim On Ponce event. Shane has consistently volunteered and provided decor for Purim Off Ponce every year since.
With his exquisitely built sets and a heart like "The Tin Man", Shane embodies a majestic magical unicorn.
Thousands of Jewish students in Atlanta have grown up with Sylvia Miller at their side. She has been there to listen and guide, and to be a trusted adult with whom to share their authentic selves.
Sylvia was born in Atlanta and attended the Hebrew Academy of Atlanta and then graduated from Lakeside H.S. She attended Boston University and graduated from Stern College for Women with a Bachelor’s in Judaic Studies and Political Science. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.
She has dedicated the past 30+ years to nurturing Jewish youth as they learn, grow and navigate the evolving world. Sylvia’s loves include her family, 3 children and their partners, 2 grandsons, her partner Leanne Rubenstein, her students and a passion for Tikkun Olam and lifelong learning. She is a social worker, teacher, mentor, guide, and parent supporter. Sylvia has dedicated her career and life to empowering children and teens by centering their intrinsic value and uniqueness. Her approach supports families and communities through the ups and downs of life while gently embracing them with love and compassion.
Sylvia has sought SOJOURN's guidance over the years to enhance her support of her students. She is a cornerstone of the community and embodies the true meaning of being a mensch.
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. In 2024, Purim Off Ponce will be held on what would've been Michael's 63rd birthday! We hope to honor his legacy of inclusion and action for many years to come.
Past SOJOURN Rainmaker Award Recipients
- 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 z"l
- 2014 - Rabbi Loren Filson 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
- 2020 - Kenny Blank & Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
- 2021 - 20 Under 21
- 2023 - Rebecca Stapel-Wax
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