JITC and Mayim Bialik Interview and Transcripts from the AP

We are still waiting for the footage from the AP of the complete interview that Mayim and I did back in August, but here’s one online clip that came out, which has footage from “The Big Bang Theory,” “Jew in the City,” and the interview itself.

Below are the transcripts that the AP sent out (along with video clips) to numerous TV stations around the world. We, unfortunately, have no way of knowing who picked up what, but below you can see what went out!

Clip 1.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mayim Bialik, Actress, on why she chose to appear in an episode of the ‘Jew in the City’ web series: “I get a lot of requests to do a lot of things but it was more that Allison’s (Josephs) someone I know, love and believe in both for what she stands for and what she represents. As someone who – I was not raised religious and neither was Allison and so I think that’s actually a really interesting perspective and I don’t know I just think Allison really has a really great voice – not just how she sounds…

Allison Josephs, ‘Jew in the City’ Creator: “Not as deep as yours…”

Mayim Bialik: “Right, not as deep as mine but I think she has a really interesting voice, I think she has an interesting perspective. She’s not afraid to kind of be out there with the heavier, more philosophical religious components. She’s extremely intelligent and I think she’s not what a lot of people think a religious woman is and I think it’s important and really courageous that she takes time from being also like a wonderful Jewish wife and mother to put this out there for the larger community.”

Clip 2.

MAYIM BIALIK ON APPEARING IN ‘JEW IN THE CITY’ WEB SERIES”

Bialik is also very open about her spirituality; saying that she was raised as a Reform Jew but now refers to herself as an “aspiring Modern Orthodox” Jew and has for several years has been active in studying her religion and becoming more observant.  She’s appeared in several online videos that address questions about Jewish beliefs. The videos – part of a series called ‘Jew in the City’ – are produced by Bialik’s Judaism study partner Allison Josephs. During a recent interview with Josephs at her side the actress explained why she thought it was important to participate in the web series. “I get a lot of requests to do a lot of things but it was more that Allison’s (Josephs) someone I know, love and believe in both for what she stands for and what she represents. As someone who – I was not raised religious and neither was Allison and so I think that’s actually a really interesting perspective and… I think she has an interesting perspective. She’s not afraid to kind of be out there with the heavier, more philosophical religious components. She’s extremely intelligent and I think she’s not what a lot of people think a religious woman is and I think it’s important and really courageous that she takes time from being also like a wonderful Jewish wife and mother to put this out there for the larger community.”

 

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Allison Josephs, ‘Jew in the City’ Creator: “‘Jew in the City’ is breaking down myths about Orthodox Jews.”

Mayim Bialik, Actress: “‘Jew in the City’ is an awesome website and multimedia extravaganza whereby Allison tries to put a positive face on traditional Judaism.”

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayim Bialik, Actress: “Allison and my friendship started years ago – almost 7 years ago; six and change years ago.”

Allison Josephs, ‘Jew in the City’ Creator: “We’re getting older.”

Bialik: “I had heard about this organization called Partners in Torah that Allison was working for at the time and we were paired together. In an amazing opportunity of providence Allison had been looking for me since we were teenagers.”

Josephs: “Not that long. She’s exaggerating. I had a random thought in 2002 out of nowhere — ‘What happened to ‘Blossom?’’ I hadn’t watched the show in about a decade and I started Googling her and I saw that she was getting more interested in the Jewish stuff and I had this idea — I’m going to cold call her and invite her to join Partners in Torah, which was insane because celebrities don’t list their phone numbers for lots of reasons and pretty soon after that I gave up and I thought it was over and then four years later she came to the organization on her own and we got matched.

Bialik: “Which is just, I don’t know, she was kind of freaking out. I didn’t know about this.”

Josephs: “I wasn’t allowed to tell her that I knew who she was. She thought that I was like this good Orthodox girl who had never seen television in my life. Meanwhile, I had a ‘Blossom’ hat growing up. I had a crush on Vinny – her boyfriend in the show — and when I heard we were going to be matched I wanted to tell her how much I loved her. He said, ‘You have to play it cool and don’t bring it up unless she brings it up’ and she wasn’t bringing it up and I was like, ‘I will die if I can never talk to her about this!’”

 

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayim Bialik, Actress: “What we did is – I had never formally studied with a Jewish partner. I was raised in like a traditional-ish but Reform, synagogue-attending family and Allison said to me, ‘What are your main misconceptions about religious Judaism.’ And I thought, ‘Well that’s easy, I’ve got like five dozen!’ And we basically started going through them one by one. We started with Shabbat and the rules of Shabbat which I never understood, we’ve studied women’s role in Judaism in terms of how women dress and why and we’ve kind of gone everywhere in between, but in the middle of this Allison also started becoming sort of a presence in the Jewish social media world with ‘Jew in the City’ and so I’ve lent my name to a couple – and my face – to a couple different videos.”

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayim Bialik, Actress: “I write for a website called kveller.com and a tremendous amount of what I put out there is stuff that Allison and I go over together. I think that this is the interest and importance of a Jewish buddy – a chavrusa – a partner in your life who both helps you study, but also is someone you bounce things off of and obviously Allison has a lot more experience in observant Judaism than I do, but every life cycle event that I’ve gone through Allison has been there to guide me. When my grandmother passed away I said, ‘What do I do? Nobody wants to do things. What do I do?’ When my second son was born – Allison walked me through all of that and I think that’s the point – is that we can’t do this in isolation. There’s nothing wrong with being a religious person. You don’t have to pick. It’s not all or nothing, but you absolutely need to know who to go to and who to get support from, but when I write about what it’s like to go to work and all those decisions – that’s not necessarily what Allison would do, but she is part of all those decisions because she’s someone who cares about me – not because she has some, wants to get to heaven faster – if you make Mayim Bialik not go to work on Tisha B’Av — but more because this is what we do for each other. We take care of each other and Allison respects that I’m on a path and I think that’s another thing. When I met her I figured – ah, she’s gonna want me to be Orthodox just like her. That’s what all Orthodox people want and I think that’s what ‘Jew in the City’ is saying: This is what it looks like to follow traditional Judaism. Here are the aspects that might work for you and everyone’s on their own journey.”

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5. Show clip: “The Big Bang Theory”

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6. Web video clip: “Jew in the City”

MAYIM BIALIK ON HER EDUCATION IN JUDAISM

Emmy-nominee and star of “The Big Bang Theory” Mayim Bialik has been very open about her decision to learn more about her Jewish faith.  Now she’s revealing how she’s going about it and how that path led her to lend her voice – and her face – to a unique web series called, ‘Jew in the City.”

The webisodes are written and produced by her Torah learning partner – who’s become one of her closes friends Allison Josephs.  In a recent interview with the pair, Josephs esplained: “‘Jew in the City’ is breaking down myths about Orthodox Jews.”  That promped Bialik to add, “‘Jew in the City’ is an awesome website and multimedia extravaganza whereby Allison tries to put a positive face on traditional Judaism.”

Bialik says they had a bit of a serendipitous introduction almost seven years ago.

“I had heard about this organization called Partners in Torah that Allison was working for at the time and we were paired together,” said Bialik about meeting Allison Josephs, an Orthodox Jew who created the website jewinthecity.com. “In an amazing opportunity of providence Allison had been looking for me since we were teenagers.”

“She’s exaggerating,” said Josephs. “I had a random thought in 2002 out of nowhere — ‘What happened to ‘Blossom?’’ I hadn’t watched the show in about a decade and I started Googling her and I saw that she was getting more interested in the Jewish stuff and I had this idea — I’m going to cold call her and invite her to join Partners in Torah, which was insane because celebrities don’t list their phone numbers for lots of reasons and pretty soon after that I gave up and I thought it was over and then four years later she came to the organization on her own and we got matched.”

Now they’re partners in their Jewish education — chavrusas.

“Allison has a lot more experience in observant Judaism than I do, but every life cycle event that I’ve gone through Allison has been there to guide me,” said Bialik. “When my grandmother passed away I said, ‘What do I do? Nobody wants to do things. What do I do?’ When my second son was born – Allison walked me through all of that and I think that’s the point – is that we can’t do this in isolation. There’s nothing wrong with being a religious person. You don’t have to pick. It’s not all or nothing, but you absolutely need to know who to go to and who to get support from, but when I write about what it’s like to go to work and all those decisions – that’s not necessarily what Allison would do, but she is part of all those decisions because she’s someone who cares about me – not because she has some, wants to get to heaven faster – if you make Mayim Bialik not go to work on Tisha B’Av — but more because this is what we do for each other. We take care of each other and Allison respects that I’m on a path and I think that’s another thing. When I met her I figured – ah, she’s gonna want me to be Orthodox just like her. That’s what all Orthodox people want and I think that’s what ‘Jew in the City’ is saying: This is what it looks like to follow traditional Judaism. Here are the aspects that might work for you and everyone’s on their own journey.”

‘Jew in the City’ can be seen at www.jewinthecity.com and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ airs Thursdays at 8 pm Eastern on CBS.


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  1. great post and relationship that you have..keep you the good work.

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