Community of Giving

A Virtual Gathering

Thank You to everyone who joined us for Community of Giving

A Personal Invitation: Join Mayim Bialik at Community of Giving on December 1st.

Tween & Teen Mental Health in the Age of COVID

Community of Giving

Keynote Speaker: Mayim Bialik, Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Actor "The Big Bang Theory," Author, and Teen Mental Health Advocate (full bio below)

A Conversation with Matt Pearl from 11Alive/WXIA

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Presenting Sponsor

Sheryl S. Blechner and Family

Platinum Sponsor

The Zaban Foundation

Carol and Larry Cooper
Laura and Marshall Dinerman
Sara and Robert Franco
Judy Zaban

Gold Sponsor

Billi Marcus Foundation, Inc


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Mayim Bialik

Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom “Blossom” and now appears regularly on the #1 comedy in America, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, a role for which she has received one Screen Actors Guild nomination and four Emmy nominations. In 2014, Mayim joined Peter Funt in the relaunch of the original hidden camera reality show, “Candid Camera,” which airs on TVLand.

Bialik was born in San Diego, California to first generation Jewish American parents, documentary filmmakers and teachers. She played the young Bette Midler in “Beaches” at age 12 and also has had guest roles on some of television’s most beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such as “MacGyver,” “Webster,” “Facts of Life,” and “Murphy Brown.” She has appeared in Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink the Water” in 1994, HBO’s “Fat Actress,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,”, and in several episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. Bialik was a dedicated student leader at UCLA Hillel, leading and starting a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group, chanting and blowing shofar for High Holiday services, and conducting and writing music for UCLA’s Jewish a cappella group.

She gave birth to her first son in 2005, and her second son (born at home, unassisted until pushing) in 2008. Bialik proudly breastfed her sons for a combined 6 1/2 years and is a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, offering free counseling and lactation support to any woman who is referred to her. Her book about Attachment Parenting, Beyond the Sling, was published in March 2012 (Simon and Schuster). Her second book of vegan family-friendly recipes, Mayim’s Vegan Table, was published by Da Capo Press in February 2014. More recently Bialik has written two #1 New York Times best sellers, Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, and the recently released Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant.

Bialik speaks all over the world for a variety of Jewish organizations, charity organization, and colleges and Universities. She founded in 2015 as a platform for her blogging on issues ranging from religious observance to liberal politics to maintaining modesty in Hollywood, and to just being a really normal imperfect mom trying to make everything run smoothly in a world out of her control.

Event Leadership

Event Co-Chairs

Ann Kay, Billie Greenberg, and Dori DeRossett

Host Chairs

Lauren Harris and Kim Kopelman

Host Committee

Terri Abadi | Rachael Abt | Ilene Albert | Jeff Alperin | Jon Amsler | Dara Anker | Dan Arnold | Beth Arogeti | Lauren Baylin | Marni Bekerman | Rashelle Berry | Laurie & Sid Besmertnik | Jamie Bill | Melissa Blecker | Ashli Breen | Linda Brenner | Jennifer Babbit Bodner | Terri Bonoff & Matthew Knopf | Cindy Burstiner | Suzanne Bressler | Dara Brody | Janice Singer Capek | Cobi Cohen | Delilah Cohen | Justine Cohen | Ann Cramer | Melissa DaSilva | Michelle & Barton Day | Denise Deitchman | Dori DeRossett | Laura Drucker | Yelena Epova | Andrea Feinberg | Ellen Feinsand | Jennifer Feld | Allison Fellner | Stacy Fialkow | Amy Fingerhut | Julie Flynn | Vanessa & Isaac Frank | Amy Fox | Lisa Freedman | Beth Friedman | Penny Gilchrist | Adele Glasser | Vera Golden | Suzy Goldman | Katie Gordon | Shelley Gordon | Anat & Brian Granath | Tracey Grant | Billie Greenberg | Jennifer Greenfield | Keri Greenwald | Lori Harber | Erika Harris | Lauren Harris | Miriam Haviv | Jordana Heaven | Wendy Heller | Lila Hertz | Kim Hockstein | Allison White Holmes | Deborah Jacobs | Anita B. Jones | Ann & Michael Kay | Lori Kirschner | Keith Kirshner | Zak Koffler | Sara Kogon | Kim Kopelman | Tara Kornblum | Sheri Labovitz | Amanda La Kier | Mara Lapp | Jamie LaPrairie-Beale | Michelle Lerner | Betsy & Michael Levy | Shari Magnus | Lauren Mahoney | Elana Miller | Erica Moss | Amy & Joel Neuman | Melissa Pearlmutter | Lani Preis | Gabbi Promoff | Jill Ratner | Rabbi Steven Rau and Julie Rau | Lynn Redd | Dana Richin | Scott Rittenberg | Amy Rosen | Dayna Royal | Sydnei Rubenstein | Dana Russotto | Traci Safer | Mindi Sard | Leigh Schiff | Dana Schneiderman | Jocelyn Schultz | Stephanie Schwart | Fredell Schwartz | Sheri Schwartz | Donna Sherman | Rebecca Seidel | Jen Sender | Norma Shohet | Carly Siegel | Michelle Simon | Robyn Singer | Lauren Skor | Jennifer Slutzky | Allison Smith | Alexis Solomon | Loren Solomon | Alana & Marc Sonenshine | Andrea Spear | Chantal Spector | Judy Stolovitz | Todd Surden | Dawn Tresh | Arin Tritt | Sue Warshal | Dana & Andrew Webber | Heather Weiner | Ashley Woodman | Jessica Katz Yonatan | Deborah Zisholtz | Jennifer Zyman