Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival


The 5th Atlanta Jewish Music Festival connected over 2000 people to emerging and established Jewish musicians throughout the greater Atlanta area.

Main Event (Sat 3/29)

yo la tengo performingmikey press beach playing    basya smiles

Featuring Yo La Tengo, Mikey Pauker and Basya Schechter

at Variety Playhouse (doors 7:45 PM music 8:45 PM)

See pictures from Main Event


Opening Night (Thurs 3/20)

Afro-Semitic Experience

Featuring Afro-Semitic Experience

at Steve’s Live Music (doors 6:30 PM music 7:30 and 9:30 PM)

See pictures from Opening Night


Family Day (Sun 3/23)

Josh Nelson

Hannah Zale of Boomfox    Miss Emily

Featuring Josh Nelson Project, Boomfox, Miss Emily, No Komment, Miles Cohen, Justin Goren and JR Stein

at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (doors 10:30 AM music 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

See pictures from Family Day


Shabbat Service (Fri 3/21)

at Congregation Bet Haverim (service 7:30 PM)

A unique Shabbat Service of sacred Hebrew chant featuring some of Atlanta’s best Hebrew chant leaders: Gayanne Geurin,Will Robertson and Sunmoon Pie (Bonnie Puckett and Michael Levine). Using chant, they will open our hearts and soothe us into Shabbat with a musical practice that is easy to experience and compels everyone to join in.


Shabbat Celebrations (Fri 3/28)

at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (celebrations 5:30 and 7:00 PM)

Guest artist Mikey Pauker will join Rabbi Brian Glusman for two Shabbat Celebrations: at 5:30 pm, the family-friendly Shabbat will feature songs, prayers & blessings, challah, grape juice and a visit from “The Shabbat Dinosaur;” at 7:00 pm, the later celebration will feature Mikey Pauker’s unique style of music as he breathes new life into Shabbat classics.


AJMF is the pre-eminent producer and promoter of Fresh Jewish Music experiences in Atlanta, providing opportunities for musicians and audiences to deepen their connections to Jewish music, culture and each other. AJMF’s fifth season (2013-14) has strengthened Atlanta’s Jewish community through its annual Spring Festival (March 20-29, 2014), artist residencies, open mic events, collaborative experiences and more.

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AJMF Events


4th Spring Festival (2013)

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

3rd Spring Festival (2012)

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

2nd Spring Festival (2011)

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

Inaugural Spring Festival (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.


Jewish Music Around ATL


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The Marcus Foundation, Fulton County Arts and Culture


Anne and Bram Bessoff, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation,  Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Ellen and Howard Feinsand, Kim and Enoch Goodfriend, Sid Kirschner, Rebecca Leary and Scot Safon, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Raychel Robbins and Peter Scourtis, HD Roosth and Amos Hall, Daniel Shub, William Tinkler


Ginny Adams, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, American Jewish Committee (AJC, Atlanta Chapter), Stan Anderson, Lindsey and Danny Aranson, Ilene Engel and Bob Arotsky, Lynne and Michael Balaban, Scott Barr, Wendy and Dale Bearman, Marjie Berman and Ed Cook, Su Berland Design, Rich Bernhardt, Joel and Marion Bessoff, Congregation Bet Haverim, Temple Beth Tikvah, Staci, Matt, Ryan and Olivia Brill, Beth and Gavin Brown, Jeremy Carlin, Cobi Edelson and Bennie Cohen, Lisa Cohen, Lori and Gregg Cohen, Tova and Mark Cohen, Columbus Museum, Marjie Berman and Ed Cook, Lindy Miller and Jonathan Crane, Monique and Ethan Davidson, Davis Academy, Sara and Marshall Duke, Mark Feinberg, Wendy Feinberg, Barbara and Paul Flexner, Murray and Lynn Friedman, Alexandra Fuchs,


Ana Fuchs and Eric Robbins, Paulette and Barry Fuchs, Leah Fuhr, Heidi and David Geller, Gayanne Geurin, Rabbi Brian Glusman, Mike Gofman and Jessie Tallent, Kathy Gottschalk, Heleen and Steve Grossman, Russell Gottschalk and Mimi Hall, Robin and Dotan Zebrowitz Harpak, Becky Herring, Michal and Jack Hillman, Lindsay and Matt Hirsch, Gary Dreyer and Marcie Hirshberg, Lynn-Anne Huck, Philip Jackson, Meredith and Alan Kitey, Elissa and Harris Konter, Rachel Gottschalk and Dave Kriebel, Gen and Lee Kout, Rabbi Loren and Rabbi Micah Lapidus, Eliana Leader and Yoni Kaplan, Tanya Blasbalg and Amir Levin, Scott Levy, Limmud Atlanta+Southeast, Jodi and Ross Mansbach, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Greer and Jarrod Mendel, Brian Meister, Susan Moray,


Caren Schiff and Seth Morganstern, Andy Much, Julie Naturman, Melanie and Allan Nelkin, Ellen and Jeff Nemhauser, Bobby Norwood, Matt, Brad and Eli Oppenheimer, Personal Care Physicians of Atlanta (Richard Kaplan,MD and Marc Seltman,MD), Eileen and David Price, Michael Levine and Bonnie Puckett, Jessica Ravitz, Jennie Rivlin and Webb Roberts, Missy and Peter Rivner, Will Robertson, Sherry Lynn Roosth, Sam Rosenbaum, Erik Rowen, Nina Rubin, Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler, Darren Silver, Temple Sinai, Valerie Singer, The Slover Family, Eli Sperling, Phyllis and Steve Tallent, Eden Doniger and Itai Tsur, W Downtown, Leslie and Fred Wachter, Danyse and Larry Weinberg, Julie Jacobson and Dov Wilker, Valerie and Paul Root Wolpe, Howard and Ronnie Zandman

Our Staff & Board Co-chairs

Raychel Robbins

Raychel Robbins (Board co-chair) is a consultant in the area of non-profit management, organization, fundraising, and resource development. Her areas of expertise include: large-scale event planning, fundraising campaigns, major gifts, non-profit management, team building, human dynamics and board/leadership development. Raychel has worked in both the higher education and voluntary sectors, previously holding the positions of Development Director for the Jewish Educational Loan Fund and Greenfield Hebrew Academy as well as the Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Georgia Gwinnett College. Raychel currently lives in Peachtree Corners, is married to Peter Scourtis, and has three step-children, Killian, Nolan, and Arden. 


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.


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 2013-14 Board also includes: Bennie Cohen, Sara Duke, Rabbi Brian Glusman, Becky Herring, Lindsay Hirsch, Lynn-Anne Huck, Scott Levy, Brian Meister, Julie Naturman, Bonnie Puckett, Webb Roberts, Eli Sperling and Valerie Wolpe.

Special thanks to our part-time staff (Taylor Cyr and Staci Rothchild), our 2013-14 interns (Rachel Meltzer and JR Stein) and additional volunteer leaders David Feldman, Gayanne Geurin, Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal and Daniel Shub.

Your countless hours of contributions to our community have enabled AJMF to grow and thrive.





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