With the Golden Globe awards less than two weeks away, most Hollywood actresses
invited to the ceremony are busy trying to find the perfect dress, diet and
hairstyle for the glitzy bash. But Mayim Bialik, who is part of the ensemble
cast of The Big Bang Theory (which is nominated for Best Comedy), is not your
conventional Hollywood actress. Instead of spending her days trying a slew of
glamorous frocks, Bialik kicked off the new year kicking back with her two sons,
Miles, 9, and Frederick, 6, at Kibbutz Gezer in Israel.
“I woke to the
sound of roosters and the smell of fresh cow dung, which is strangely comforting
to me,” Bialik wrote in her blog post for the Jewish parenting site Kveller late
It is that very down-to-earth mentality that governs Bialik’s
visit. The recently divorced activist, who has traveled to the country several
times before, came to introduce her small children to her extended Israeli
family and immerse them in Israeli culture. In fact, a sense of family and
belonging seems to be the overarching theme of her trip.
nothing like feeling like you are on a plane or in a country with your extended
family as there is in Israel,” she said of her experience flying on El Al and
witnessing the entire plane burst into applause when it touched down at Ben
Gurion International Airport.
Bialik was also touched by the profound
sense of community and looking out for each other she has experienced during her
time here. Of traveling with her children in public places, she said “there is a
sense of responsibility for people here that you don’t find in other places the
Some of the planned activities during her trip include a visit
to the Military Museum in Latrun, checking out Mini-Israel, a day trip to Tel
Aviv-Yaffo and (as a devout vegan) savoring plenty helpings of
Ironically, one aspect of Israel she plans to ignore is one
characteristic that motivates most tourist to come here in the first place:
politics and religion.
“I hate politics and I hate religion for so many
reasons, and I don’t understand the government of Israel most of the time, or
who runs the nation’s publicity campaign either for that matter,” she
Voluntarily skipping much of the pre-award season song and dance
may make her an unconventional actress. But choosing to avoid politics and
religion in Israel makes her a pretty unconventional tourist as well.