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May 29 2012

Talking About Sex, Woman to Woman

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sex blocksI speak all over the country: at synagogues, schools, and homes, at conventions, commencements, and conferences. I love speaking about my journey to being observant-ish, being female, being a scientist, being a mom. I love speaking and I am excited for each and every talk I do.

But the talk I am giving on June 5 at the Riverdale Jewish Center has my heart all aflutter. No, it’s not just that one of the Maccabeats lives in Riverdale and he may come and I may sleep over at his parents’ house and have a slumber party with his sister after the talk (because all of that is totally happening). I’m all excited because the cause for which I am speaking is so fantastic, so amazing, and so meaningful that I literally can’t believe I get to be a part of it. Read the rest of this entry →

May 25 2012

Guess Who’s One of the 50 Most Influential Jews?

By at 12:31 pm

You guessed it: me! Check out #30 on this list of the 50 most influential Jews, as decided by The Jerusalem Post. Here’s a snippet from the paragraph they wrote about me:

For young Jews of a certain age, Mayim Bialik, 36, will always be known as Blossom, the eponymous character of her ’90s teen TV show. After a long break from showbiz to pursue academics – she has a PhD in neuroscience – she’s back with a role on one of the most popular US television shows, The Big Bang Theory, and making waves in the Jewish world.

The mother of two, who has defined herself as “Conservadox” in observance, writes for the Jewish parenting blog Kveller, and has starred in videos on Jewish life with Allison Josephs of “Jew and the City.” She received the “Deborah” award from the Anti-Defamation League for Jewish women leaders.

Check out the whole list here… I’m in pretty good company.

Jan 25 2012

It’s Fun to Play the Yiddish Way

By at 12:26 pm

mitzvah kinderI like to browse Judaica stores.

Whenever I have free time and am remotely near a store selling a variety of Jewish products, books, and tchotchkies, I cannot resist wandering the aisles. My personal favorite in Los Angeles is one on Fairfax Avenue, the main thoroughfare of the neighborhood with the highest concentration of Holocaust survivors anywhere in the world. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 17 2012

The Big Bang Theory, According to Mayim

By at 4:07 pm
mayim bialik on big bang theory

Image Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

We all know and love Mayim Bialik from the days of Blossom, but as mature, responsible adults, we also need to accept the fact that she is no longer the awesome hat-wearing young lady she once was. And now, she’s even better! As Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, Mayim is in the spotlight once again, only this time, she’s also a working mother, an actual scientist, and a writer. The following are some of our favorite posts that take us behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory, and the life of a working mother.

1. Pumping on the Set of The Big Bang Theory

In which Mayim reveals how she manages to be a full-time mom, neuroscience teacher, homeschooler, and actress on the #1 rated comedy on television. Hint: with a breast pump, and a sign that says, “Knock first PLEASE!”

2. So Your Kid Wants to be an Actor? Tough Noogie!

In which Mayim warns you that if you choose to pursue your child’s dream of becoming a professional actor, there will be a lot of driving, schlepping, intimidation, and disappointment involved.

3. Studying on the Set of The Big Bang Theory

In which Mayim uses the downtime while on set to study Torah, the laws of Shabbat cooking, women and feminism in Judaism, and more, thus causing everyone to think twice about playing Solitaire on your lunch break.

4. I Went to Work on Sukkot

In which Mayim is required to work on the first two days of Sukkot, but still manages to make it work for her by doing things like dressing fancy, hiring a car service, and abstaining from technology.

5. Mayim Bialik on the Isolation Permutation

In which Mayim breaks down one of the series’ most highly rated episodes, how she learned to play “Everybody Hurts” on the harp, and explains why she doesn’t like watching herself on TV.

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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