February 15, 2012
Blossom’s Mayim Bialik Set To Keynote A Bat Mitzvah History Discussion At The National Museum Of American Jewish History On March 25
The National Museum of American Jewish History is running a series of programs recognizing the 90th anniversary of the bat mitzvah ceremony.
A little background: on March 18, 1922, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan and his daughter Judith initiated what would become the widespread American Jewish practice of bat mitzvah when Judith read blessings from the Bible in the synagogue.
In celebration of this milestone, NMAJH has secured a super exciting appearance from TV actress Mayim Bialik, best known for her portrayal of the title role on the 1990s sitcom Blossom and her current critically acclaimed role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Blossom (sorry, we can’t think of her as anything but that) will speak at the museum on Sunday, March 25. She’ll talk about her experiences as a young Jewish woman on and off the set of Blossom and how her Jewish background and studies inform her work today.
Other related programming includes “Collect-o-Rama,” March 18 and March 25 at 2 p.m., in which visitors will explore and share bat mitzvah stories through artifacts or photos.
On both days the “It’s Your Story”™ video recording booth will be available for visitors to share their bat mitzvah and coming-of-age memories.
Lastly, a special exhibit called Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age will open on March 6, featuring the story of how rabbis and parents challenged communal values and practice to institute this now widely practiced Jewish ritual.
Coming of Age in America
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History
When: March 25, 2 p.m.
More info: www.nmajh.org