Atlanta Jewish Music Festival | Our Team
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Our Staff and Board Co-Chairs


Russell Gottschalk

Executive Director

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. He’s an avid cyclist and can often be found in and around his Reynoldstown community where he lives with his wife, Mimi, and their big, beautiful dog Cannonball.

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Becky Herring

Board President

Originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland (not named after the actor), Becky Herring graduated from Emory in 2008, and never left, now working in Event Management for their Library. She’s a singer in the co-ed a cappella group The Graduates, a volunteer at Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption, and is currently training to be a bar trivia and karaoke host (ya know, in her “spare time”).

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Karen Isenberg Jones


Atlanta based publicist Karen Isenberg Jones joined AJMF three years ago to promote the South’s premier Jewish Music Festival. Karen is passionate about culture, music and our amazing Atlanta community.  She brings her well honed PR expertise and experience working within the Jewish community to her position with AJMF.  Karen resides in Virginia Highland with her husband, two precocious sons and a myriad of accumulated pets.

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Taylor McGlamery

Social Media Strategist

Taylor McGlamery is passionate about social media and storytelling. When she is not posting or tweeting about Jewish Atlanta for AJMF, she can be found adventuring through life with her husband, Josh, newly-born son, Micah, and their German Shepherd.

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Rich Walter

Board Vice President

Rich Walter is a Jewish educator and communal professional currently specializing in Israel education at Emory and the Center for Israel Education. A native of Boston, Rich is an avid sports fan with an obsessive passion for the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics. He also loves to cook and welcomes anyone to join him for weekly football watching and barbecue during the fall. Rich lives in Dunwoody with his wife Risa, their two daughters, a cat and a guinea pig.

AJMF8 Board of Directors

Tali Benjamin

Rabbi Jonathan K. Crane

Drew Cohen

Floyd Hall

Robin Harpak

Becky Herring (President)

Alan Kitey

Todd Koransky (Treasurer)

Rachel Meltzer (Secretary)

Raychel Robbins

Sammy Rosenbaum

Phil Rubin

Beth Schafer

Eli Sperling

Rich Walter (Vice President)


AJMF8 non-board volunteers

Ryan Baill

Ariela Ehrens

Michael Greenwald

Alex Halpern

Abraham Miller

Mason Redler


AJMF Past Presidents

Bram Bessoff (2014-16)

Raychel Robbins (2012-14)

Ethan Davidson (co-chair, 2010-12)

Rebecca Leary Safon (co-chair, 2010-12)

AJMF7 Host Committee

Tommy Bledsoe

Nathan Brodsky

David Cohen

Jesse Ammons & Taylor Davis

Sara Speert & Nick Edelstein

Lindsey Fenton

Barbara & Paul Flexner

Alissa Funk

Becca & Jonathan Grant

Jessie Tallent & Mike Goffman

Katie Goldstein

Mimi Hall

Caryn Hanrahan

Dotan Harpak

Rachel Herman

Tristan Hulsebos & Lauren Toporek Hulsebos Johnson

Eliana Leader & Yoni Kaplan

Alyssa Krentzel

Seth Langer

Gabby Leon

Tanya & Amir Levin

Mindy & Andy Margolis

Eva Land & Adam Masarek

Amy Price

Ana & Eric Robbins

Ghila Sanders

Ryan Schwartz

Gal & Rabbi David Spinrad

Adam Struletz

Lori Wilson & Bill Thompson

Ilan Weismark

Current and past

programming partners

Ahavath Achim Synagogue

American Jewish Committee

Congregation Ariel

ATL Collective

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Atlanta Jewish Academy

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Congregation Beth Haverim

Congregation Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Tefilloh

Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple B’nai Torah

The Breman Museum

Chabad Intown

Crema Cafe

Davis Academy

Temple Emanu-El

Emory University

Hebrew Order of David

InterfaithFamily Atlanta

Jewish Education Loan Fund

Jewish Family and Career Services

Jewish Kids Groups

Judaic Mosaic

The Kehilla

Limmud Atlanta+Southeast

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah

Moishe House Inman Park

North American Federation of Temple Youth

Congregation Or Hadash

Congregation Or Veshalom

PJ Library Atlanta

Congregation Shearith Israel

Temple Sinai

Southern Jewish Resource Network

The Temple

United Synagogue Youth

The Weber School