Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

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 sixth season (2014-15) will strengthen Atlanta’s Jewish community through its annual Spring Festival (March 2015, dates TBA), artist residencies, open mic events, collaborative experiences and more.

Recent Blog Posts

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Win next year's poster

October 14th, 2014

Last week, we visited Stan Anderson's Georgia State University graduate design class to review the[...]


Hear "Stay" Again

October 1st, 2014

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, actress and AJMF4 headliner, Lisa Loeb returns to Atlanta for [...]

AJMF Events


5th Spring Festival (2014)

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

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 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.


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

Outside Atlanta

We're spreading our reach outside of Atlanta, strengthening other Jewish communities through the power of music. Contact info (at) atlantajmf (dot) org for more details on bringing AJMF to your city.


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, Robyn and Doug Ross, 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, Su Berland Design, Beth and John Berngartt, Rich Bernhardt, Joel and Marion Bessoff, Congregation Bet Haverim, Temple Beth Tikvah, Staci, Matt, Ryan and Olivia Brill, Beth and Gavin Brown, Jamie Cameron, 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,


Paulette and Barry Fuchs, Leah Fuhr, Heidi and David Geller, 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, Becky Herring, Michal and Jack Hillman, Lindsay and Matt Hirsch, Gary Dreyer and Marcie Hirshberg, Lynn-Anne Huck, Ann Hazzard and Michael Isaacs, 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, Paula Rawlins, Missy and Peter Rivner, Ana and Eric Robbins, Jennie Rivlin and Webb Roberts, 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, Louise and Tom Wells, 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 2014-15 Board also includes:

Lauren Adesnik   Jonathan Crane   brian glusman   Lynn Anne Huck    alan kitey   scott levy head shot

Lauren Adesnik, Rabbi Jonathan Crane, Rabbi Brian Glusman, Lynn-Anne Huck, Alan Kitey, Scott Levy,

julie naturman   bonnie puckett   webb roberts head shot   Sammy Rosenbaum   eli sperling   valerie wolpe

Julie Naturman, Bonnie Puckett, Webb Roberts, Sammy Rosenbaum, Eli Sperling and Valerie Wolpe.

Special thanks to our part-time staff (Taylor Cyr), our 2014-15 interns (Shayna, Baruck, Ilse Becerra Martinez, Rachel Meltzer and Ashley Thakur) and countless other volunteer leaders.

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





Contact Information

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