Orly was born and raised in Guatemala. She’s the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, and is 20% of the Guatemalan Jews her age. Orly was active in the Macabi youth group, eventually becoming head counselor. After spending a gap year in Israel with Latin American madrichim, Orly attended Columbia University, where she earned a B.A. in creative writing (cum laude). After graduation, Orly co-founded the Upper West Side Moishe House and began her career in education. Today, as a Senior Partnerships Manager at DonorsChoose.org, Orly manages a portfolio of 25 companies and foundations that give $15M+ a year towards public school classrooms. Orly created Wominyan, a movement for and by Jewish-women* to author their own identities. The organization was driven by Orly’s pain at not being counted in traditional minyanim, which drove her to wonder how Judaism would have been reinvented after the destruction of the Temple if women had been part of the Yavneh Sanhedrin. To right that historical wrong, Orly wanted to give women a seat at the table to define their own Judaism, just like the Sanhedrin redefined their own. Since the 115+ participants have attended Wominyan retreats, and the organization hosts year-round events in New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, ranging from Shofar blowing workshops to book clubs.