Congregation Shearith Israel will officially install Rabbi Ari Kaiman during Shabbat morning services Jan. 20 during a weekend of celebration.

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, the dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, where Rabbi Kaiman was ordained, and vice president of American Jewish University in Los Angeles, will be the scholar in residence at Shearith Israel that weekend.

After a Kabbalat Shabbat service and community dinner Jan. 19, Rabbis Artson and Kaiman will lead a learning session titled “Ayeh Makom K’vodo — Where is God’s Place?”

A learning session after the morning service and a Kiddush luncheon Jan. 20 will address the question “Who Needs Synagogues?”

“Rock the Shtetl,” a celebration the night of Jan. 20, will include a kosher Lower East Side gourmet dinner from the General Muir and entertainment by the Old Fourth Ward Afro Klezmer Band. at Emory’s Miller Ward Alumni House, 815 Houston Mill Road.

Reservations are required by Jan. 9 for the Friday night dinner ($36, $18 for children under 13) and the Saturday night party ($150, $75 for those under 40).

Visit to get more information and register, call 404-873-1743, or email