Rabbi Sally Olins is a talented woman with a vast breadth of accomplishments. Prior to becoming ordained as a Conservative Rabbi in 1989 from the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York City, Rabbi Sally 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 Masters Degree in Jewish Philosophy at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, receiving the Max Hellman Award for Academic Achievement and going on to teach classes there after her ordination.
Prior to joining Temple Isaiah, Rabbi Sally spent 16 years as the Senior Rabbi at Temple B’nai Hayim in Sherman Oaks, where she exercised her passion for her Judaism. She derives great pleasure in helping the Temple community understand the traditions of our faith, leading to a greater love of Judaism.
Along with teaching all her Bar and Bat Mitzvah students their Torah and Haftorah portions, Rabbi Sally teaches her Confirmation classes, thereby instilling a lasting bond.
Rabbi Sally is a member of the Southern California Board of Rabbis, and was the first woman in the 102-year history of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Pacific Southwest Region to serve as President, an office she held from 2004 -2006.
Rabbi Sally brings to Temple Isaiah an energy and infectious enthusiasm for Judaism that she conveys to congregants as well as to the public at large. Whether she is visiting the sick or establishing communal relationships, she brings joy to all those she touches.
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