Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

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The 7th Annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF7) included a diverse line-up of local, national and international Jewish musicians. This year’s festival ran March 10-27 and featured 16 Jewish music inspired programs across the Greater Atlanta area.


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AJMF’s Mission: With music as our inspirational partner, we grow Jewish community and celebrate our heritage through year-round live performance events and dynamic learning programs for the Southeast region. We bring diverse community together for a resounding annual world music Spring Festival.


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AJMF Events


6th Spring Festival (AJMF6: March 12-23, 2015)

Feat. Yael Deckelbaum, Jump Babylon, Diwan Saz, Zale, Red Heifers, 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra, Tony Levitas, Sammy Rosenbaum and more.

5th Spring Festival (AJMF5: March 20-29, 2014)

Feat. Yo La Tengo, Mikey Pauker, Basya Schechter, Josh Nelson Project, Boomfox, Ms. Emily, Afro-Semitic Experience and more.

4th Spring Festival (AJMF4: March 14-16, 2013)

Feat. Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories, Electra, Saul Kaye, Michael Feinberg, Jordan Dayan, Michael Levine and more.

3rd Spring Festival (AJMF3: May 9-13, 2012)

Feat. Jacob Jeffries, Red Hot Chachkas, Aviva and the Flying Penguins, Adam Klein and The Wild Fires and more.

2nd Spring Festival (AJMF2: May 19-21, 2011)

Feat. Sway Machinery, Jaffa Road, Nick and the Grooves, Sunmoon Pie, Ariel Root Wolpe, Lily and the Suburbs and more.

Inaugural Spring Festival (AJMF1: June 6, 2010)

Feat. Moshav, DeLeon, Girls in Trouble and the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra.

Teen Open Mics

Building confidence and connections in Atlanta's Jewish teen community; established Fall 2011.

Community Events

Year-round programming, including artist residencies, collaborative concerts and more.


Connecting experienced Jewish artists with other artists and students of all ages.


Jewish Music Around ATL




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The Marcus Foundation, Fulton County Arts and Culture, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs


Atlanta Jewish Times, Anne and Bram Bessoff, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, The Davis Academy, The Epstein School, Ellen and Howard Feinsand, Russell Gottschalk and Mimi Hall, Becky Herring,  Anne and Bank Hipp, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Sid Kirschner, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish Rock Radio, MailChimp, Morris Family Foundation, Raychel Robbins and Peter Scourtis, Diane Roosth and Amos Hall, Robyn and Doug Ross, The Weber School


Moshe and Cantor Lauren Adesnik (Temple Emanu-El, Atlanta), Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Stan Anderson, Ilene Engel and Bob Arotsky, Candy and Steve Berman, Congregation Bet Haverim, Temple Beth Tikvah, Linda and Gregg Brenner, Beth and Gavin Brown, Cobi Edelson and Bennie Cohen, Brad Cohen, Daniel Cohen, Mark and Tova Cohen, Mitch Cohen, Zach and Alexis Cohen, Marjie Berman and Ed Cook, Lindy Miller and Rabbi Jonathan K. Crane, Joel Croft, Randy Crohn, Mark Daniels, Monique and Ethan Davidson, Jon and Jaci Effron, Janice Ellin, Alyse Finkel, Barbara and Paul Flexner, Lois and Larry Frank, Murray and Lynn Friedman, Alexandra Fuchs, Paulette and Barry Fuchs, Leah Fuhr, Mark Gallegos (, Heidi and David Geller, Gayanne Geurin, Rabbi Brian Glusman, Mike Gofman and Jessie Tallent,


Nancy and Randy Gorod, Selena Goswick, Kathy Gottschalk, Heleen and Steve Grossman, Nikki Gugliotta, HAMSA, Robin and Dotan Zebrowitz Harpak, Michal and Jack Hillman, Lisa and Ben Hoelle, Steven Howard, InterfaithFamily Atlanta, Ann Hazzard and Michael Isaacs, Matthew Kahl, Meredith and Alan Kitey, Andrew Kobylivker, Elissa and Harris Konter, Todd and Meghan Koransky, Tara and Josh Kornblum, Rachel Gottschalk and Dave Kriebel, Eliana Leader and Yoni Kaplan, Lefkoff, Rubin, Gleason and Russo, Rebecca and Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Tanya and Amir Levin, Scott Levy, Limmud Atlanta+Southeast, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Charlotte and Joel Marks, Judy Marx and Eric Miller, Jeremy Meisel, Melanie and Allan Nelkin, Ellen and Jeff Nemhauser, Paul Oberman, Steve Oppenheimer, Malka Packer, Personal Care Physicians of Atlanta (Richard Kaplan,MD and Marc Seltman,MD),


Alan Pinsker, Eileen and David Price, Michael Levine and Bonnie Puckett, Dara and Dan Redler, Robyn and Allan Regenbaum, Ana and Eric Robbins, Jennie Rivlin and Webb Roberts, Judy and Shai Robkin, Sammy Rosenbaum, Brooke and Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal, Rebecca Leary and Scot Safon, Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler, Beth Schafer, Shellie Schmalheiser, Marla Shainberg, Darren Silver, Temple Sinai, The Slover Family, Eli Sperling, Rabbi David and Gal Spinrad, Amy and Matt Strauss, Phyllis and Steve Tallent, The Temple, Roman Teyf, William Tinkler, Brad and Shana Topp, Eden Doniger and Itai Tsur, Leslie and Fred Wachter, Risa and Rich Walter, Phyllis and Michael Weiser, Stephanie and Matthew Weiss, Julie Jacobson and Dov Wilker, Valerie and Paul Root Wolpe, Howard and Ronnie Zandman

Our Staff & Board Co-chairs

Bram Bessoff

Bram Bessoff (Board co-chair) has the quintessential mash-up career with one half of his brain steeped heavily in the music industry and the other half working the daily grind in technology. Both careers collided with the inception of Indiehitmaker (IHM) which is backed by PolyPlat Records and powered by Blue Mountain Technologies. Following thirteen plus years as drummer for Soup, Bram started Shabbat Rocks to keep his involvement with Judaism and find a way to  engage young families in celebrating their Judaism in a more contemporary way. His involvement with Shabbat Rocks led him to the AJMF where he now focuses his efforts to stay connected to Judaism through music while trying to make a cultural and spiritual connection within the greater Atlanta Jewish Community.


Becky Herring

Rebecca (Becky) Herring (Board co-chair) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance in 2008 from Emory University. She began her professional career at Emory as the Rosemary Magee Intern to the Arts for the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) in the summer of 2008. During that time she discovered her affinity for event planning and general organization and soon became the Events Manager for the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts before becoming the Regional Events Manager with the Emory Alumni Association, her current role. In her spare time she is a member of the semi-professional a cappella group The Graduates and a regular volunteer at the no-kill animal shelter Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption. 


Russell Gottschalk

An Emory alum (’07 BA Film and Music) and native of Atlanta, Russell Gottschalk is the full time director and founder of AJMF (Atlanta Jewish Music Festival). In 2009, Russell became inspired to start the South’s first Jewish Music Festival after spending three years with Atlanta’s successful Jewish Film Festival (AJFF). As a young Jewish professional in Atlanta, he hopes AJMF will engage and unify our Jewish community, creating a unique forum for interaction our region has yet to experience. Russell manages AJMF’s day to day operations including: building community partnerships, meeting community leaders, soliciting artists and venues, managing AJMF’s human resources, seeking out development opportunities and engaging AJMF’s fan base through myriad social media networks.


AJMF’s 2015-16 Board also includes:

Lauren Adesnik  image  Jonathan Crane  Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 8.14.55 AM  alan kitey  todd koransky head shot

Lauren Adesnik, Drew Cohen, Rabbi Jonathan K. CraneMark Gallegos, Alan KiteyTodd Koransky,


       rachel meltzer head shot  Sammy Rosenbaum  beth schafer head shot  eli sperling  head shot  valerie wolpe

Rachel MeltzerSammy Rosenbaum, Beth Schafer, Eli Sperling, Rich Walter and Valerie Wolpe.


Special thanks to our part-time staff (Karen Jones and Taylor McGlamery), our 2015-16 interns (Ryan Baill, Abraham Miller, Mason Redler and Shira Solomon) and countless other volunteer leaders.

Your invaluable contributions to our community have enabled AJMF to grow and thrive!





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