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Rainbow Center readies for Purim Off Ponce

Purim Off Ponce returns March 12

The fifth annual Purim Off Ponce costume party on March 12 is going with an Egyptian theme this year and asking the Pharaoh to “Let My People Come Out.” The event is a fundraiser for the Rainbow Center, a Jewish non-profit with the mission of helping gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of all denominations.

“The theme of ‘Let My People Come Out’ is a way to say let people be themselves regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” says Rebecca Stapel-Wax, executive director of the Rainbow Center.

Each year the celebration honors “mensches” — people who have done good work for the community. This year the honorees are Charlie Chasen and Beverly Korfin.