The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival was first held back in 2009. It was created by Russell Gottschalk, a native Atlantean, and one of the Jewish community’s biggest leaders and visionaries. Gottschalk created the festival to proudly showcase Jewish life in Atlanta and across the Southeastern United States. The two-week long festival showcases the talents of young Jewish artists and often appearances from famous international Israeli and Jewish artists. The festival aims to bring the Jewish community of Georgia through music and to share Jewish music culture with people from all faiths and backgrounds. Cultural significance Atlanta is home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the United States. The community was founded in the mid-1800s and today boasts more than 100,000 members. The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is the first of its kind in the South and has successfully united and aided the local community.