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 (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.
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, JR Stein and Ugo Uche-Anya) 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!