Atlanta Jewish Music Festival AJMF is the preeminent producer and promoter of live, contemporary Jewish music experiences in Atlanta. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:57:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meet our Fall 2013 Interns Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:57:07 +0000 Rusky We are fortunate to welcome two interns into the AJMF family this Fall. In addition to our AJMF programming intern, we’ll add more video content to our social networks and website with the support of a dedicated video intern. Learn about JR Stein and Anthony Bello below.

JR Stein (AKA Vernon Oak) has been performing music since the age of thirteen and has performed around Atlanta, in venues such as The Masquerade, Centerstage, Sweetwater Festival, Steve’s Live Music, Taste of Alpheretta, 97.1 River Fest and many more. He runs a home studio where he records music for himself and other groups. Stein is deeply rooted in Jewish culture and is excited to work with AJMF on our Teen Open Mic series and other events this Fall and beyond.
 Anthony Bello has always been interested in the film/music/media industry and believes working with AJMF this coming Fall would be a great way to get some hands on experience outside of high school. He has taken a Broadcast and Video Productions class for three years and has assisted with many school productions. Bello is experienced in editing, floor directing, camera operating and script writing and looks forward to contributing to AJMF’s online video presence.
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Fulton Co. Arts Funding in Jeopardy Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:22:02 +0000 Rusky

Fulton County’s Interim County Manager has proposed a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture.

AJMF is a recipient of FCAC (Fulton County Arts and Culture) funding and will be negatively impacted should this recommendation get board approval from Fulton County’s Commissioners.


- Email and/or call these Fulton County Commissioners:

District 1 (At Large)     Chairman John Eaves                                                                      404-612-8206

District 2 (At Large)  Commissioner Robb Pitts 404-612-8210

District 3  Commissioner Liz Hausmann 404-612-8213

District 4  Commissioner Tom Lowe 404-612-8218

District 5   Commissioner Emma Darnell 404-612-8222

District 6    Commissioner Joan Garner 404-612-8226

District 7   Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards 404-612-8230

- Join us at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, August 21st where this issue will be discussed and voice your concern during the public comment section. The meeting will be held at the Fulton County Govt. Complex, 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia.  At this 10AM called meeting, they are scheduled to introduce the recent recommendations to the full Board.  Please arrive at 9:30 if you would like to speak to the Commissioners to sign up.

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Teen Open Mic returns! Tue, 06 Aug 2013 19:35:13 +0000 Rusky

AJMF’s Teen Open Mic series is back! And we have some great new venues and returning hosts this Fall. Full calendar and details will be announced soon but for now, plan to join us on August 25th for the first instalment of our 2013-2014 season.

WHAT: Teen Open Mic

WHERE: Steve’s Live Music (234 Hilderband Dr 30328)

WHEN: Sunday, August 25 (5:00-8:00)

Please RSVP on Facebook or to Jessica at

*Soloists, duos and groups are welcome. The house band, No Komment, can accompany soloists if you prefer. All genres are celebrated and collaboration is supported.

** Special thanks to our host Steve’s Live Music and our promotional partners, Jewish Student Union, Jewish Kids Groups, the Weber School and Davis Academy.



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Looking for Fall 2013 Intern Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:56:52 +0000 Rusky

Are you a high school senior or college student who loves music and/or Jewish culture? Do you live in Atlanta and need an internship for school credit? Then send us a note with references to apply to be AJMF’s Fall 2013 (September-December, 2013) intern!

Or apply through Intern Sushi here.

The AJMF intern will facilitate social media growth, help with the curatorial process and coordinate volunteers, meetings, events, logistics and other tasks as needed.

Benefits include: 
-  Non-profit skill development
-  Strengthening connection with Atlanta music and Jewish communities
-  Experience working with diverse business and community leaders
-  Two free entrance passes to all AJMF 2013-2014 Season events and complimentary AJMF promotional items
-  Letters of reference upon successful completion of internship

Strong applicants will: 
-  Demonstrate strong interest in contemporary music, live music and/or personal musicianship
-  Maintain a connection to and experience with the Greater Atlanta Jewish community and modern Jewish expression including but not limited to Jewish music, Jewish culture and social Judaism
-  Be proficient in web-based applications, including content development and message coordination across various AJMF platforms (WordPress website, Mailchimp listserve, Facebook and Twitter)
-  Possess a strong work ethic and creative mind

Time requirement: 
-  5-10 hrs of developing content and attending meetings or events per week
-  Attend all Fall 2013 board meetings (9/19, 10/24, 12/5) and some board sub-committee meetings (dates TBD)



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Calling all Jewish Musicians! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:14:12 +0000 Rusky

Jewish musicians, we’re looking for you! Actually, we’re listening for you but we can’t find you all on our own. NOW is the time to send us your EPK and/or links to your music so we can consider you for our 5th Annual Spring Festival (March 2014). Last season, we presented a Jazz Night, Shabbat Service, Family Program and Rock’n'Roll Main Event for Jewish music lovers in and around Atlanta. Next season, we want a similarly diverse and engaging multi-day celebration of fresh Jewish music!

Artists / management please use the link above or contact info [at] atlantajmf [dot] org . Submissions will be considered through November, 2013. Thank you for helping us strengthen Atlanta’s Jewish connections through the power of music!

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Lily of the Suburbs Album Release Show Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:02:18 +0000 Rusky

On Saturday August 3, Lily of the Suburbs (A.K.A. Jessica Horwitz) will be releasing her new CD, Strange Glass House, at Steve’s Live Music. Jessica will be joined by local musicians Elise Witt, Gayanne Geurin, Nick Edelstein, Mick Kinney, Jerry Fields, Daniel Jenkins, Rob Dyson and more! You can purchase Lily of the Suburbs’ new album on CD Baby prior to the release show or at the show. Learn more about the new album and other projects on her website.

WHAT: Lily of the Suburbs CD Release Show

WHERE: Steve’s Live Music (234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs 30328)

WHEN: Saturday, August 3 (doors 6:30 PM, show 8:00 PM)


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Hear the best of AJMF’s 4th Season Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:13:24 +0000 Rusky

It has been a magical 4th Season of strengthening Atlanta’s Jewish connections through the power of music. Please enjoy this free download of the best of our programming, which includes music from Lisa Loeb, Electra, Guy Mendilow, Saul Kaye, Michael Feinberg and more!


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Shark Tank Ends Season 4 on a High Note Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:08:34 +0000 Rusky


Thanks to your generosity and support, AJMF finished the season strong with approximately $5600 in pledges and donations over the past four weeks. Nearly 40% of those resources were secured at Shark Tank, where our Director Russell Gottschalk kicked off the evening of philanthropy and fun.


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Israeli saxophonist at Atlanta Jazz Festival Thu, 23 May 2013 16:05:40 +0000 Rusky


Israeli saxophonist, Uri Gurvich will perform with his quartet at the 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park on Monday (5 PM, International Stage). Beginning on Saturday, May 25, AJF features music from some of today’s most vibrant and innovative artists like José James, Meshell Ndegeocello, Julie Dexter, Rio Negro, Alexandra Jackson, and Tia Fuller.  National and international musicians will perform on two stages over the weekend and admission to the festival is FREE.

* Born and raised in Israel, Uri Gurvich won the Jazz Player of the Year competition in Israel before relocating to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music studying under Joe Lovano. He has played at prestigious jazz festivals and venues in Europe, Japan and the US, including Lincoln Center and the Blue Note. Gurvich is an indemand saxophonist who won also acclaim as a leader with his debut, The Storyteller, which was released on John Zorn’s label – TZADIK records and features some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary New York jazz scene. The music places Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context. In April 2013 Uri will release his second album for TZADIK records, BabEl, featuring his long time touring quartet and special guest multi-instrumentalist from Morocco, Brahim Fribgane on Oud and Percussion. The group will celebrate their release in a weeklong engagement at the downtown iconic venue The Stone and will follow with a U.S. tour.

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AJMF Season 4 Review (part 2 of 2) Wed, 08 May 2013 21:41:36 +0000 Rusky


Here’s the second part of our season in review, which details every AJMF event in the first half of 2013.


- On January 30, AJMF teamed up with AJFF for the Opening Night of their 13th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Prior to the screening of “Hava Nagila (The Movie),” attendees enjoyed live music provided by local groups 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra and Klezmer Local 42. (1/30/2013, 1500 people)

- AJMF’s second Teen Open Mic of the year took place at Steve’s Live Music on February 24. Hosted by No Komment, this event featured bands, soloists and duets performing for families and friends in Sandy Spring’s hottest live music venue. (2/24/13, 50 people)

- The Southeastern premiere of Sacred Rights, Sacred Song debuted at Temple Sinai on March 10. Featuring local musicians, including a full chorus, soloists and orchestra, this concert spotlights the serious issues that exist in Israel as a result of the tension between Jewish law as applied in the public sphere and core democratic values. (3/10/13, 125 people)

- Appromixately 1200 Jewish and music lovers celebrated the 4th-annual, multi-day Spring Festival throughout the Greater Atlanta area. Attendees enjoyed innovative and progressive Jazz at Steve’s Live Music; a unique, sacred worship experience between Congregation Bet Haverim and Ahavath Achim Synagogue; a family program for children age 2-7 and their parents at Temple Sinai; and a lively, well-attended Main Event featuring national/international openers and Grammy-nomiated headliner Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories. (3/14-16/13, 1200 people)

- Boston-based Klezmer group Ezekial’s Wheels came through Atlanta on their Southern tour and played a concert at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. AJMF supported this event by marketing it to our networks, ensuring a lively celebration of contemporary Klezmer music that attracted Jews of all ages and backgrounds. (4/13/13, 100 people)

- AJMF’s third and final Teen Open Mic of the year took place at Steve’s Live Music on April  21. Hosted by The Spoken Word, this event featured bands, soloists and duets performing for families and friends in Sandy Spring’s hottest live music venue. (4/21/13, 50 people)

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