The current roles of Bialik, 35, include being a mother of two who travels all over the country speaking before Jewish organizations, neuroscientist, author and girlfriend of adorable uber-nerd Sheldon on CBS’ smash hit â€œThe Big Bang Theory.â€
This Wednesday she’ll make a stop at the Water Tower to talk to local women about Jewish parenting in the modern world. And according to Bialik, whose 2Â½-year-old-son, Fred, was begging her to read a book to him as she spoke via phone from her Los Angeles home, you don’t have to be Jewish to apply her parenting advice.
â€œI want to focus on what its like to educate your kids Jewishly not from a religious perspective necessarily,â€ she said, â€œâ€¦ but from a social one, from a cultural one, even from an environmental one.â€
Bialik didn’t want to give away too many of the specifics of her talk, but she elaborated on how Judaism correlates with eco-consciousness.
â€œThe concept of going green is pretty old to Judaism. We’ve been repairing the world for thousands of years,â€ she said. â€œWe have a whole holiday dedicated to celebrating the beauty (of nature).â€
That holiday is Tu B’Shevat, or â€œThe New Year of the Trees,â€ which is observed by planting trees. It’s also a tradition for Jews to have a tree planted in Israel in honor of birthdays and other special occasions.
Bialik, who has been married for eight years to Michael Stone, a stay-at-home father, also contributes to Jewish parenting site kveller.com and has a nondenominational book called â€œIntuitive Parentingâ€ coming out next summer from Simon and Schuster.
Bialik’s development into Jewish supermom is both sweet and somewhat surreal to Gen-Xers who watched her from 1990 to 1995 on NBC’s â€œBlossom.â€ In the smart and important issue-addressing sitcom, she starred as floppy-hat-wearing-yet-level-headed Blossom Russo and became a relatable ’90s teen icon.