The People’s Rabbi

Rabbi Sally Olins is a talented woman with a vast breadth of accomplishments. Prior to becoming ordained she taught English and Modern Dance at the High School level and founded the Fine Arts Department at the Westlake School for Girls in Bel Air. In addition, she owned and taught at The Firm Company Dance Exercise Studio for 13 years.

She received her B.S. and M.A. from UCLA. She also has an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the University of Judaism in Bel Air, and was ordained in 1989, after completing her studies at The Academy for Jewish Religion in New York City. One of her greatest accomplishments was serving as one of 13 editors of the current edition of Etz Hayim, the Hebrew bible. Also, Olins was the first woman in the 102-year history of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Pacific Southwest Region to serve as its president.

Olins served as Rabbi for Temple B’nai Hayim in Sherman Oaks for sixteen years. She relocated to the desert in 2006 to become the spiritual leader of the congregation at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs, where her creative approach to religious services and commitment to community outreach brought a new energy and focus to the organization and its mission. She derives great pleasure in helping the community understand the traditions of our faith, leading to a greater love of Judaism.

Known simply as ‘Rabbi Sally’ around Palm Springs and the desert cities, you will find her feeding the homeless in our community on Christmas Day, as well as actively supporting charities ranging from animal shelters to AIDS Assistance Program. Whether visiting the sick or offering personal counseling, she brings true joy to all those she meets.

The People’s RabbiRabbi Sally Olin


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