Rabbi Shmuly was born and raised in Albany, New York. His studies took him from Toronto to Manchester,UK, Brooklyn to California, and finally to Melbourne, Australia where he received his rabbinic ordination. Once married, Rabbi Shmuly taught at a Yeshivah in Brooklyn. He managed the operation of www.hebrewbooks.org, digitizing and preserving over 13,000 old Hebrew books, in addition to serving as the junior editor of Jewish-Holiday.com, an informative Jewish magazine. Rabbi Shmuly is a teacher of Chassidic philosophy and mystical Judaism and loves the intricacies of the Talmud.
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.