Mayim Bialik

‘Big Bang’ Writer Talks About Show’s Jewish Bent — On And Off The Set

You've got Friday morning Torah sessions, Chanukah candles in a dressing room and a script sprinkled with Yidish.

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Only one of the characters in “The Big Bang Theory” is Jewish, so why does the show — like “Seinfeld” a decade earlier — feel so Jewish?

“Big Bang” writer and co-producer Eric Kaplan said that the Jewy feeling of the show is the result of both the Jewish sensibilities of its producers, who are both of the tribe, and of one of its actors, who, while not Jewish on the show, brings her Orthodox identity to the set each day.

Although Mayim Bialik, right, doesn't play an Orthodox character in the show, Amy's frumpy style is plenty modest. Via

Her Judaism Makes A Big Bang

A teen writer for The Jewish Week's youth magazine writes that Mayim Bialik inspired her to question her religion while retaining her faith.


Editor’s Note: Naomi Gluck was a finalist in The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. The national contest sought essays on a Jewish American who has made a significant impact in the field of television, film, music or theater. Writers were asked to identify the person’s lasting legacy on them or on American culture. The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.

Mayim Bialik balances her fame with her Judaism and a boatload of other commitments. Getty Images

Jewish Anti-Vaxxers Take Note: Parental Responsibility Trumps Parental Rights


 At the Waldorf Early Childhood Center in Santa Monica, Calif., 68 percent of the children had not been vaccinated because of “personal belief exemptions.”

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am of Bayonne, N.J. RNS

Bialik Gets Earful (Of Advice) On Israel Trip

Actress gets 'Jewish mothered' after revealing anxieties about journey with her two small sons.

Special To The Jewish Week

Just minutes after “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik announced Monday that she is bringing her two sons, ages 5 and 8, for a visit to Israel this week, dozens of Jewish mothers in Israel began to offer her advice.

“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik gets “Jewish mothered” about upcoming trip to Israel with her kids. Getty Images

‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Headlines New Entrepreneurship Program

Professionals in the field wonder about redundancy, priorities.
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Mayim Bialik is that rare combination: a celebrity with serious Jewish street cred. An Emmy-nominated actress who’s passionately, publicly Jewish, she dishes on the challenges of Shabbat observance as a blogger for a parenting website. She’s even got yichus, or lineage, counting among her ancestors canonical poet Hayim Bialik.

TV star Mayim Bialik will headline CORE18 fellowship for jews ages 19 to 25. Photo courtesy CORE18

New Orleans To Host TribeFest 2014


The third incarnation of TribeFest, the youth-oriented celebration of Jewish culture and communal affiliation, will be held next March in New Orleans, the Jewish Federations of North America announced Wednesday.

Leaving Las Vegas: It's the Big Easy for TribeFesters next year. Photo courtesy New Orleans Online

JFNA's TribeFest Event To Skip 2013


Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is planning the third installment of its TribeFest young leadership conference for 2014, giving the Las Vegas confab a year off after successful events this year and last year.

The umbrella group for American Jewish philathropy is instead planning a smaller, low-key young leadeship conference  this March in Dallas, to include several hundred TribeFest alumni.

What happens in Vegas won't include TribeFest this March.

Blossom’s Orthodox Outreach

Baal teshuvah TV star Mayim Bialik promotes ‘Jew In The City’ project.
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‘I can’t really say that I knew her before she was famous,” says Allison Josephs. “But I can say that I knew her before she was famous again.”

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