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

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Joe Alterman

Project Coordinator

A native Atlantan, Joe Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Having worked a variety of jobs in the music industry including Marketing Associate at New York’s famed Blue Note Jazz Club, Adjunct Professor of Music at NYU, and pianist (he has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and has shared the stage with artists including Les McCann, Ramsey Lewis and Dick Gregory), Joe is excited about working with AJMF where, as he sees it, the possibilities are endless!


Ryan Baill

Production Manager

Ryan started his live event production career as an AJMF intern in 2015. Since then he has been working for various festivals/events in and around the Atlanta area, doing everything from neighborhood outreach to artist relations. In his spare time, you can find Ryan biking, hiking, and traveling with star-bright eyes.


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 is loving her new job as Associate Director of InterfaithFamily/Atlanta. She’s a singer in the co-ed a cappella group The Graduates, a volunteer at Best Friends Atlanta, and a bar trivia/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.

Current and past

programming partners

Ahavath Achim Synagogue

Alon’s Bakery (Dunwoody)

American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Congregation Ariel

ATL Collective

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Atlanta Jewish Academy

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Atlanta Lovers of Music Association (ALOMA)

Atlanta Science Festival

Congregation Bet Haverim

Congregation Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Tefilloh

Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple B’nai Torah

The Breman Home

The Breman Museum

Chabad Intown

City Winery

Crema Cafe

Davis Academy

Temple Emanu-El

Emory University

The Epstein School

Congregation Etz Chaim


Hebrew Order of David

Hillels of Georgia

Current and past

programming partners (cont)

The Icebox

In the City Camp

InterfaithFamily Atlanta

Intown Coffeehouse

Jewish Education Loan Fund

Jewish Family and Career Services

Jewish Kids Groups

Judaic Mosaic


The Kehilla

Temple Kol Emeth

Limmud Atlanta+Southeast

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah

Moishe House

The Music Room

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)


Congregation Or Hadash

Congregation Or Veshalom

Orpheus Brewing

PJ Library Atlanta

Congregation Shearith Israel

Temple Sinai

Smith’s Olde Bar

Southern Jewish Resource Network (SOJOURN)

The Temple

United Synagogue Youth


Vista Yoga

The Weber School

The Well