Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival


Help create AJMF7 (March 2016, dates TBA), our annual world music Spring Festival.


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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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Support AJMF's Year End Campaign

Support AJMF's Year End Campaign

November 18th, 2015

With Georgia Gives Day behind us (THANK YOU Georgians!), we turn our attention to our year-end c[...]

Georgia Gives Day in one week! (November 12, 2015)

Georgia Gives Day in one week! (November 12, 2015)

November 5th, 2015

We're excited for the 4th annual celebration of Georgia Gives Day, our states' largest 24-hour c[...]

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


Anne and Bram Bessoff, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Ellen and Howard Feinsand, HD Roosth and Amos Hall, Becky Herring,  Sid Kirschner, Mailchimp, Robyn and Doug Ross, Raychel Robbins and Peter Scourtis, William Tinkler


Ginny Adams, Cantor Lauren and Moshe Adesnik, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, American Jewish Committee (AJC, Atlanta Chapter), Julie Ancis, Stan Anderson, Julie and Rob Aronson, Ilene Engel and Bob Arotsky, Wendy and Dale Bearman, Candy and Steve Berman, Congregation Bet Haverim, Temple Beth Tikvah, David Bloom, Kristin Boos, Beth and Gavin Brown, Jeremy Carlin, Cathedral Towers, Cobi Edelson and Bennie Cohen, Mark and Tova Cohen, Zach and Alexis Cohen, Marjie Berman and Ed Cook, Randy Crohn, Lindy Miller and Jonathan Crane, Mark Daniels, Monique and Ethan Davidson, Davis Academy, Brian Edgerton, Jon and Jaci Effron, Allison and Joel Feldman, Barbara and Paul Flexner, Lois and Larry Frank, Paulette and Barry Fuchs, Leah Fuhr,


Mark Gallegos (, Heidi and David Geller, Michael Gellman, Gayanne Geurin, Rabbi Brian Glusman, Mike Gofman and Jessie Tallent, Katie Goldstein, Kathy Gottschalk, Heleen and Steve Grossman, Russell Gottschalk and Mimi Hall, Robin and Dotan Zebrowitz Harpak, Michal and Jack Hillman, Anne and Bank Hipp, Ann Hazzard and Michael Isaacs, Meredith and Alan Kitey, Elissa and Harris Konter, Tara and Josh Kornblum, Rachel Gottschalk and Dave Kriebel, Sedrick Lakpa, Adam Masarek and Eva Land, Eliana Leader and Yoni Kaplan, Lefkoff, Rubin, Gleason and Russo, Gabby Leon, Tanya and Amir Levin, Scott Levy, Limmud Atlanta+Southeast, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Susan Moray, Melanie and Allan Nelkin, Ellen and Jeff Nemhauser,


Matt, Brad and Eli Oppenheimer, Steve Oppenheimer, Personal Care Physicians of Atlanta (Richard Kaplan,MD and Marc Seltman,MD), Alan Pinstein, Michael Levine and Bonnie Puckett, Paula Rawlins, Ana and Eric Robbins, Carey and Bill Roberton, Jennie Rivlin and Webb Roberts, Judy and Shai Robkin, Sammy Rosenbaum, Rebecca Leary and Scot Safon, Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler, Marla Shainberg, Darren Silver, Temple Sinai, The Slover Family, Eli Sperling, Rabbi David and Gal Spinrad, Phyllis and Steve Tallent, The Temple, Eden Doniger and Itai Tsur, Leslie and Fred Wachter, Matthew Weiss, Louise and Tom Wells, Julie Jacobson and Dov Wilker, Joe Winter, 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  ariela freedman head shot   Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 8.14.55 AM  alan kitey

Lauren Adesnik, Drew Cohen, Rabbi Jonathan K. Crane, Ariela Freedman, Mark Gallegos, Alan Kitey,


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

Todd Koransky, 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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