The fourth of ten children, Laiky was born in Jerusalem and was raised in Montreal, Canada. She spent her elementary and high school years at Beth Rivkah Academy where all the General Studies were taught in French. In fact, she is fluent in four languages: English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish. Upon completing high school, Laiky went on to pursue a degree in Special Education in Israel. She dedicated one semester of her learning to extended fieldwork and traveled to Riga, Latvia where she coordinated Jewish programs for all ages ranging from preschoolers to college students. Laiky then moved to Brooklyn, NY, taught on the Upper West Side and met Rabbi Shmuly. She went on to teach students with special needs at Yeshivah of Flatbush.
Inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe's call to reach out to every single Jew, regardless of their background and affiliation, and instill Jewish pride and awareness, Rabbi Shmuly & Laiky chose to join the network of 165 worldwide Chabad on Campus centers and work with the Jewish community at Union College. Their strong educational backgrounds enables them to serve the address for Jewish learning at Union. As a family, Shmuly, Laiky and the boys, Mendel & Yitzchak, are happy to open the doors of the Chabad House to Jewish students and serve as a "home away from home" for them.
Together with the dedicated student board of the Union Chabad Jewish Student Group, they are doing everything to create a vibrant Jewish life at Union.