Congregation Shearith Israel celebrated the installation of Rabbi Ari Kaiman on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20, with the help of scholar in residence Rabbi Brad Artson, the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and vice president of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson is Rabbi Kaiman’s teacher and mentor.

The weekend culminated with a capacity crowd at Emory University’s Miller-Ward Alumni House. The “Rock the Shtetl” party featured the Old Fourth Ward Afro Klezmer Band and gourmet Lower East Side kosher catering by The General Muir.

The upscale shtetl delicacies included potato knish and gefilte fish round hors d’oeuvres, a pickled vegetable table, a hand-blended chopped chicken liver bar, amazing latkes, an extensive spread of smoked fish, including sable and trout, and an indulgent brisket dinner.

Photos by Leah R. Harrison