MISSION

The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival shares and celebrates Jewish heritage through quality music and artistic experiences.

Our vision: With music as our inspirational partner, AJMF grows Jewish community and celebrates 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.

HISTORY

The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF) was founded by Russell Gottschalk and created in early 2009 under the auspices’ of Limmud Atlanta +Southeast to feature contemporary Jewish music in an effort to entertain and educate the general public on Jewish culture and unite Atlanta’s young Jewish community through the power of music. 

This cultural initiative is now launched as a separate non-profit entity with its own board of directors and paid staff. AJMF was established to expand innovative Jewish programming for the Greater Atlanta community. Launching programming in 2010, AJMF’s first season included an extended artist residency and a one day Spring Festival (June 6, 2010).

Now in its tenth season and under brand new leadership, the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, hoping to excite and engage the entire Atlanta community (both Jewish and at-large), showcases artists who best reflect the rich cultural heritage and contributions Jewish people (both by themselves and in collaboration with others) have made to the world of music, as well as the stories within. 

The theme of AJMF10, which will take place from March 7-17, 2019, is "Jewish contributions to American Music". Be sure to save the dates and stay tuned for the lineup announcement, soon!


“My painting titled Miriam was done as a mural proposal for The Temple. It depicts Miriam, the sister of Moses, dancing in celebration of the parting of the Red Sea and the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, surrounded by musician figures that represent various periods of Jewish music. This painting is meant to be evocative and to capture the feeling of Jewish music and celebration.”

RALPH GILBERT


PAST FESTIVALS

AJMF 2010 featured artists: Moshav, DeLeon, Girls in Trouble, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra

AJMF2011 featured artists: Sway Machinery, Jaffa Road, Nick and The Grooves, Sunmoon Pie, Lily of the Suburbs, Ariel Root Wolpe, Diwon, Musicians from Ahavath Achim and Bet Haverim

AJMF 2012 featured artists: Jacob Jeffries Band, Red Hot Chachkas, DJ Camille, Lazy Mane and Kosherbeets, Adam Klein and The Wild Fires, Aviva and the Flying Penguins

AJMF2013 featured artists: Lisa Loeb, Electra, Saul Kaye, DJ Mike Zarin, Michael Feinberg Quartet, Jordan Dayan & Friends, Michael Levine, Musicians from Ahavath Achim and Bet Haverim

AJMF 2014 featured artists: Yo La Tengo, Mikey Pauker, Basya Schechter, DJ Camille, Afro-Semitic Experience, Josh Nelson Project, Boomfox, Musicians from Ahavath Achim and Bet Haverim

AJMF 2015 featured artists: Diwan Saz, Yael Deckelbaum, Jump Babylon, Zale, Sammy Rosenbaum, Red Heifers, Tony Levitas and Friends, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Musicians from Ahavath Achim and Bet Haverim, Cantors Adesnik, Hartman, Kassel and Margulis, Summit Trio and other local musicians

AJMF 2016 featured artists: A-WA, Jaffa Road, Hadar Noiberg Trio, Joe Buchanan, AJMF All-Stars, Klezmer Local 42, Beth Tikvah musicians, Gayanne Geurin, Will Robertson and Sunmoon Pie, Andrew & Polly, Soulfarm, FSQ, Sammy Rosenbaum and local teens

AJMF 2017 featured artists: ATL Collective, Odessa/Havana, Idan Raichel, Sarah Aroeste, Noah Aronson, Yotam Silberstein, Axum, Peled, Sagol 59, Kosha Dillz, Nick Edelstein, Foad Naraghi, AJMF All-Stars and other musicians

AJMF 2018 featured artists: ATL Collective, Yemen Blues, Marc Cohn, Joshua Radin, Tsvey Brider, Beyond the Pale, Cantor’s Couch, Chana Rothman, Zale, Joe Alterman, Sammy Rosenbaum, Beth Schafer, Shimon Robot, Matt Citron, Sammy K, Prodezra, Flavia Krishna & Gershone, Sunmoon Pie and other musicians