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Jun 9 2014

This Former “Blossom” Director’s Amazing Project Aids Forgotten Holocaust Survivors

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Photo via The Survivor Mitzvah Project

 

This is so random and so cool, I just had to share it…

When I was on “Blossom” for our first two years, we had this female director named Zane Buzby. I know, cool name, right? And she was super funky and quirky and creative and she was the driving force behind our early seasons, 100 percent.

Anyway. Fast forward all of these years, and I find out that she started an incredible charity organization called The Survivor Mitzvah Project that supports and gives resources to the thousands of Holocaust survivors who never got out of Eastern Europe and still live there, many of whom are destitute. Read more →



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Jun 2 2014

Up Close: Mayim Bialik & Family

By at 11:36 am

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1. In what ways have your kids taken part in religious holidays/events with their non-Jewish family members?

My son’s grandfather and his wife celebrate Christmas. We have participated in non-religious Christmas dinners for all of the years of their lives. They have a Christmas tree every year, they decorate their house for Christmas, and they get lots of Christmas gifts to my sons.  My ex’s extended family is largely Mormon and they live in very religious communities in Utah. We have spent some really nice time with this family for secular events,  Mormon social events, and even funerals. In the religious Mormon community, even secular events involve prayer and references to Jesus. In this way, my sons have been exposed to a lot of different kinds of non-Jews and it has opened up a lot of interesting conversations.

2. Have your kids ever been confused about why certain relatives have a different religion and celebrate different holidays? Read more →



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May 30 2014

Mayim Bialik Goes to Legoland–and Poses With a Life-Sized Crocodile

By at 11:31 am

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I took my sons to the opening of the California Legoland Resort last week. No ex, no mother-in-law, just me and my boys.

Carlsbad is about two hours south of Los Angeles, and Legoland is, in my opinion, a wonderful place to take small children who enjoy Legos and who have never seen a Disney movie, except for “The Prince of Egypt” (which I wrote up here) and thus aren’t particularly enthralled with Disneyland per se.

Chima, in case you’ve been living under a rock which is not made of Lego, is a fantasy world created by Lego which is featured in a popular cartoon in which you can buy numerous (expensive) Lego sets of. In the world of Chima, crocodiles, lions, ravens, rhinoceroses, and bears all live in a world governed by an energy force called Chi which they need to harvest and protect in a variety of fascinating situations. Yes, that was a tiny bit of sarcasm. But all sarcasm aside, I kind of like that Chima does not involve an already existing movie or set of characters that simply now exist in Lego form. Rather, this is an entire world created out of the imagination of Lego which I kind of dig. Read more →



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May 28 2014

Mayim Bialik Nominated for Critics’ Choice Television Award!

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We are extremely happy to report that our very own Mayim Bialik has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award!

Mayim, along with co-star Kaley Cuoco, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. “The Big Bang Theory” was also nominated for Best Comedy Series, and Jim Parsons for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. (Also, James Earl Jones was nominated for his guest appearance on Big Bang, because, come on, he’s James Earl Jones.)

The awards will be held on June 19th, so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed until then. Mazel tov, Mayim!



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May 27 2014

Mayim Bialik: Download Kveller’s Awesome New Baby Name App

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One of my favorite things to do when I was pregnant was to look up baby names. I’m not typically “feminine” in a lot of ways and I never, for example, planned my fantasy wedding on my first date with a guy. I never spent any time fantasizing about what bedding to use for my baby’s crib (I never used a crib, as a matter of fact). However, one thing I really did enjoy when I was pregnant was looking at baby names and seeing what they mean and what kinds of names different cultures have.

In my family, we name babies with the Hebrew name of the most closely related relative of the same gender. So, my sons are named for both of my grandfathers, Meir and Ephraim Hirsch. It is also customary in my family to choose an English name beginning with the first initial of the Hebrew name. For example, my son Miles is named for my grandpa Meir and my Frederick is Ephraim. (Pronounce the “PH” in Ephraim and you’ll hear what the guards at Ellis Island heard when they gave my immigrant, non-English speaking grandpa the American name “Frank”…).

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Well, let me tell you something: I wish I had Kveller in my life during my pregnancies! Kveller, in all of its progressive hipness, worked with G-dcast to create a new app for the iPhone and iPad which is an awesome baby naming app! You can look up names in Hebrew, English, and even Yiddish. You can learn what the names mean, variations of those names, and even ways to change the gender of those names, if that floats your boat.

Download the free app here!

Shucks, it almost makes me wish I was pregnant again… almost. In the way that “almost” can sometimes mean “not really.”

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May 24 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: May 19-23

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This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.Kveller-Hits-May-23

-Are Jews Too Concerned With Seeking Out Other Jews? In Nina’s thought-provoking piece, she questioned why she frequently felt compelled to find other Jews since moving to a suburb with a small Jewish population. Many readers weighed in on the phenomenon of “seeking out other Jews.”

-Is Anyone Else Sick and Tired of Parenting? Parenting can be rocky, especially when the kids are young. This piece by an exhausted mom drew words of comfort and solidarity from parents in a similar predicament.

-Mayim Bialik: Yes, I Have Regrets As A Mother. Mayim’s response Tova Ross’ piece last week launched an interesting debate about how much ambivalence towards motherhood is normal and healthy.

-I’m Looking Forward to Finally Leaning Out. Despite being worried about how the declaration might impact her future employment, one mama found lots of support on Kveller for her decision to take time to focus on her kids.

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May 23 2014

Mayim Bialik: Let Us Count The Ways We Count Our Children

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This post is part of our Torah commentary series. This Shabbat we read Parashat B’Midbar. To read a summary of the portion and learn more, click here.

The Torah portion this week is B’midbar, which literally means “in the desert.”

For my Torah MOMentary, I would like to draw on Rashi‘s commentary on this portion for inspiration. Rashi is an acronym for Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki, one of the most famous rabbis of Judaism who lived during the 11th and 12th centuries. Read more →



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May 21 2014

Mayim Bialik: Yes, I Have Regrets As A Mother

By at 12:02 pm

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Tova Ross’ post last week titled “Why Do So Many Moms Regret Having Kids?” really upset me. I respect her as a writer and mother and mean no disrespect to her in any way. She wrote about the recent internet “trend” (I hate to call it that; it’s more of a consequence of the internet existing as a place to share dark things anonymously I suppose) of women posting their regrets about having children. I believe that Tova meant well with her post, and she declared that she wasn’t sure what her point was, except to say that she felt sorry for women who have these regrets and even sorrier for their children. Ouch.

Tova acknowledged that she has sympathy for women who long for their single days, or long for time alone, but she recommends that if those thoughts are not “fleeting” then there may be something very wrong. Double ouch.

I read some of the comments posted in response to Tova’s piece on Kveller, and I was relieved to see women posting that they have regrets that are not fleeting, but that they don’t feel they are bad mothers because of it. I fear that a divorced woman such as myself has little right to share my thoughts on this topic, since if I express regrets, the reader might simply say, “Oh, well, her life didn’t turn out like she wanted, so of course she has regrets.” Read more →



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May 19 2014

Mayim Bialik: My Honorary Degree From Boston University

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I got an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Boston University this weekend. BU is the alma mater of Nina Tassler, one of my bosses at CBS, and it was a great honor to not only receive the degree, but I also gave the convocation address at the School of Fine Arts. The School of Fine Arts includes graduates with degrees in music, theater, and the visual arts.

My Macca-friend and his wife drove up from New York to be with me for the weekend, and I had my first ever totally Shabbat-observant hotel experience. This involved the front desk letting us into our rooms rather than us using electronic card keys, taking the stairs rather than the elevator everywhere we went (including a Graduate Women In Science and Engineering luncheon which was on the ninth floor of a campus building), and making kiddush and HaMotzi (the blessing for bread) in our hotel rooms.

It was a very fun weekend and it was also very emotional. Speaking for the graduate women in science and engineering was a particularly interesting part of the weekend, with me sharing my experience about gender bias and misogyny in academia and them nodding along in agreement, to the astonishment of some of the older professors who couldn’t believe that kind of stuff still goes on! Read more →



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May 16 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: May 12-16

By at 3:39 pm

This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.Kveller-Hits-May-16

-Why Do So Many Moms Regret Having Kids? Tova was shocked to discover that many moms expressed regret over having children via an app that allows users to confess secrets anonymously. While many Kveller readers agreed that it is normal to have some ambivalence about motherhood, the consensus was that those doubts are usually fleeting.

-Your Old Mom Is No Longer Available–Try This One. Sick and tired of waiting on her children, one day this mama decided to stop. And guess what? It was fine. Many moms related with that sentiment.

Mayim Bialik: After My Nine-Day Raw & Juice Diet, I Feel Stronger Than Ever. The rest Mayim’s raw/juice diet went amazingly well–and her fans were with her every step of the way.

-Why I’m a Die-Hard Feminist Who Loves to be Domestic. For Emily, reading Judith Butler and baking her own zucchini bread is a triumph over her difficult childhood.

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About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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