Atlanta Jewish Music Festival | Our Story
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Our Story


AJMF was created by native Atlantan Russell Gottschalk and a dozen visionary Jewish and community leaders in early 2009 under the auspices’ of Limmud Atlanta +Southeast. It was created 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. Based on the successful Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF, founded 2001), AJMF was established to expand innovative Jewish programming for the Greater Atlanta community. Launching programming in 2010, AJMF’s first year included an extended artist residency with Israeli Hip-Hop duo Axum (March-April, 2010), a one day Spring Festival (June 6, 2010) and a Rosh Hashanah Party featuring local performers (September 22, 2010).

Now entering its eighth season (2016-17), AJMF is a year-round producer and promoter of 60+ diverse and engaging Jewish music experiences annually, including our Spring Festival (March 2-19, 2017), artist residencies, listening parties, open mic events, community partnerships and more. Additionally, AJMF maintains consistent contact with its fans through its website, social media platforms and online connections, fostering dialogue that helps visiting artists attract a larger audience, educates a young constituency and creates a greater interest in contemporary Jewish culture.

Previous Spring Festivals

AJMF1 featured artistsMoshav, DeLeon, Girls in Trouble, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra

AJMF2 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

AJMF3 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

AJMF4 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

AJMF5 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

AJMF6 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

AJMF7 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

AJMF8 featured artistsATL 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

Strategic Goals and Objectives


  1. Establish our signature program, the Spring Festival, as a must-attend event for Jewish music fans across the Southeast and greater United States.
  2. Expand AJMF’s presence as a major, year round programmer in Atlanta’s arts and Jewish communities.
  3. Energize AJMF’s core demographic (young, Intown, unaffiliated Jews) to broaden our community and be a pathway for connecting recent arrivals to Jewish Atlanta.
  4. Support local artists through incubation programs like open mics, artist workshops, collaborative experiences and contests.
  5. Attract diverse Jewish artists from all over the world and present these unique performances throughout Atlanta.
  6. Connect with more established and emerging Jewish and arts organizations in Atlanta to increase creative collaborations and create a more joyous and rhythmic community of ruach (spirit).
  7. Diversify AJMF’s audience base to include more students, young families, synagogue members, non-Jews and Jews from all faiths and backgrounds.

Mission and 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.


We inspire and grow community through the transcendent power of Jewish music. 




The Marcus Foundation, Fulton County Arts and Culture, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs


Atlanta Jewish Times, Anne and Bram Bessoff, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, The Davis Academy, The Epstein School, Ellen and Howard Feinsand, Mimi Hall and Russell Gottschalk, Becky Herring, Anne and Bank Hipp, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish Rock Radio, Sid Kirschner,MailChimp, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), Morris Family Foundation, Raychel Robbins and Peter Scourtis, Diane Roosth and Amos Hall, Risa and Rich Walter, The Weber School


Moshe and Cantor Lauren Adesnik, Stan Anderson, Ilene Engel and Bob Arotsky, Candy and Steve Berman, Adam Blatt, Linda and Gregg Brenner, Beth and Gavin Brown, Cobi and Bennie Cohen, Daniel Cohen, Kelly and Drew Cohen, Mark and Tova Cohen, Marjie Berman and Ed Cook, Lindy Miller and Rabbi Jonathan K. Crane, Joel Croft, Monique and Ethan Davidson, Sam and Eddie Dressler, Jon and Jaci Effron, Janice Ellin, Allison and Joel Feldman, Barbara and Paul Flexner, Murray and Lynn Friedman, Alexandra Fuchs, Paulette and Barry Fuchs, Mark Gallegos (, Heidi and David Geller, Gayanne Geurin, Rabbi Brian Glusman, Mike Gofman and Jessie Tallent, Nancy and Randy Gorod, Selena Goswick, Kathy Gottschalk, Heleen and Steve Grossman, Nikki Gugliotta, Alex Halpern, HAMSA, Michal and Jack Hillman, Lisa and Ben Hoelle, InterfaithFamily Atlanta, Ann Hazzard and Michael Isaacs, Matthew Kahl, Eliana Leader and Yoni Kaplan, Meredith and Alan Kitey, Elissa and Harris Konter, Todd and Meghan Koransky, Tara and Josh Kornblum, Rachel Gottschalk and Dave Kriebel, Lefkoff, Rubin, Gleason and Russo, Rebecca and Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Fred Levick, Tanya and Amir Levin, Bonnie and Michael Levine, Scott Levy, Charlotte and Joel Marks, Jeremy Meisel, Rachel Meltzer, Judy Marx and Eric Miller, Alyza and Justin Milrad, Caren Schiff and Seth Morganstern, Melanie and Allan Nelkin, Ellen and Jeff Nemhauser, Steve Oppenheimer, Personal Care Physicians of Atlanta (Richard Kaplan,MD and Marc Seltman,MD), Alan Pinsker, Jody Pollack, Dara and Dan Redler, Robyn and Allan Regenbaum, Ana and Eric Robbins, Judy and Shai Robkin, Fred and Toni Roosth, Sammy Rosenbaum, Brooke and Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal, Rebecca Leary and Scot Safon, Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler, Beth Schafer, Benjamin Sillins, Darren Silver, The Slover Family, Eli Sperling, Phyllis and Steve Tallent, The Temple, William Tinkler, Brad and Shana Topp, Eden Doniger and Itai Tsur, Leslie and Fred Wachter, Phyllis and Michael Weiser, Stephanie and Matthew Weiss, Louise and Tom Wells, Julie Jacobson and Dov Wilker, Valerie and Paul Root Wolpe, Cheryl and Phil Yagoda, Howard and Ronnie Zandman