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 season included an extended artist residency with Israeli Hip-Hop duo Axum (March-April, 2010) and a one day Spring Festival (June 6, 2010).

Now entering its ninth season (2017-18), AJMF is a year-round producer and promoter of 70+ diverse and engaging Jewish music experiences annually, including our Spring Festival (March 2018, dates TBA), 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. 

 

SPONSORS

CORPORATE AND JEWISH PARTNERS: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, American Jewish Committee (AJC), Atlanta Jewish Times, Congregation Bet Haverim, Temple Beth Tikvah, City Winery Atlanta, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, The Davis Academy, The Epstein School, Icebox, Israel Bonds, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish Rock Radio, Lefkoff, Rubin, Gleason and Russo, MailChimp, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), Congregation Or Hadash, Congregation Or Veshalom, Orpheus Brewing, Personal Care Physicians of Atlanta, Congregation Shearith Israel, Temple Sinai, Summit Management Group, The Temple, The Weber School

 

INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES: Cara and Peter Abramson, Moshe and Cantor Lauren Adesnik, Marina and Evan Alberhasky, Julie Ancis, Stan Anderson, Wendy and Dale Bearman, Tali and Adam Benjamin, Candy and Steve Berman, Anne and Bram Bessoff, Adam Blatt, Tommy Bledsoe, Linda and Gregg Brenner, Beth and Gavin Brown, Cobi and Bennie Cohen, Daniel Cohen, Kelly and Drew Cohen, Mark and Tova Cohen, Debi Copeland, Marjie Berman and Ed Cook, Lindy Miller and Rabbi Jonathan K. Crane, Monique and Ethan Davidson, Matthew and Jessica Dickson, Sam and Eddie Dressler, Sara and Marshall Duke, Jon and Jaci Effron, Ariela Ehrens, Ilene Engel, Michael Feinberg, Ellen and Howard Feinsand, Dan Fellner, Alyse Finkel, Barbara and Paul Flexner, Nora and Steven Floersheim, Stephanie Footer, Lois and Larry Frank, Sherry Frank, Rabbi Mayer Freedman, 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, Jessica Paulen and Kyle Goldich, Kathy Gottschalk, Mimi Hall and Russell Gottschalk, Heleen and Steve Grossman, Nikki Gugliotta and Randy Crohn, Floyd Hall, Robin and Dotan Zebrowitz Harpak, Becky Herring, Michal and Jack Hillman, Anne and Bank Hipp, Adam Hirsch, Steven Howard, Ann Hazzard and Michael Isaacs, Michael and Helene Kates, Eliana Leader and Yoni Kaplan, Carole and Sid Kirschner, Meredith and Alan Kitey, Elissa and Harris Konter, Todd and Meghan Koransky, Tara and Josh Kornblum, Rachel and Dave Kriebel, Rebecca and Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Fred Levick, Tanya and Amir Levin, Bonnie and Michael Levine, Michelle and Rich Levy, Scott Levy, Charlotte and Joel Marks, Eva Land and Adam Masarek, Morris Maslia, Jeremy Meisel, Rachel Meltzer, Alyza and Justin Milrad, Morris Family Foundation, Melanie and Allan Nelkin, Ellen and Jeff Nemhauser, Candy and Bob Newcomer, Steve Oppenheimer, Aviva and Eval Postelnik, Amy Price and Rob Kistenberg, Eileen and David Price, Dr. Edward Queen, Dara and Dan Redler, Robyn and Allan Regenbaum, Missy and Peter Rivner, Ana and Eric Robbins, Raychel Robbins and Peter Scourtis, Judy and Shai Robkin, Diane Roosth and Amos Hall, Fred and Toni Roosth, Sammy Rosenbaum, Brooke and Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal, Shelli Bank and Michael Rosenzweig, Robyn and Doug Ross, Nina Rubin, Rebecca Leary and Scot Safon, Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler, David Sarnat, Beth Schafer, Marla Shainberg, Congregation Shearith Israel, Linda and Mark Silberman, Benjamin Sillins, Darren Silver, The Slover Family, Eli Sperling, Betsy Stein, Amy and Matt Strauss, Adam Struletz, Luci and Stan Sunshine, Phyllis and Steve Tallent, Roman Teyf, William Tinkler, Eden Doniger and Itai Tsur, Leslie and Fred Wachter, Risa and Rich Walter, Phyllis and Michael Weiser, Stephanie and Matthew Weiss, Ben Weitz, Louise and Tom Wells, Julie Jacobson and Dov Wilker, Joe Winter, Valerie and Paul Root Wolpe, Cheryl and Phil Yagoda, Howard and Ronnie Zandman