Rivlin told Bialik that he had heard so much from his grandchildren about her, her work as an actress, and her strong support for Israel.
Bialik, 41, has a doctorate in neuroscience, and plays neuroscientist Amy Fowler-Farrah on “The Big Bang Theory.” A divorced mother of two sons, she was raised Reform and now practices Modern Orthodoxy. In many interviews she has described herself as a Zionist and has family living in Israel.
“My family came to live in Israel when I was born, and they lived in a few places around the country, so I grew up with a strong Zionist identity,” she told Rivlin.
Earlier this month Bialik asked her followers on Facebook to nominate her to light the torch reserved for a representative of Diaspora Jewry during the opening Israel Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl.
At the Global Forum, she is scheduled to speak about her experiences as a Jewish and Zionist actress, and about the difficulties caused by a climate of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
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Other speakers scheduled for the forum, an initiative by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Minister to coordinate and lead the international struggle against anti-Semitism, include: President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev; Former Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls; Israeli Education Minister and Diaspora Affairs Minister, Naftali Bennett; Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked; Former Secretary-General of the United Nations cultural organization UNESCO, Irina Bokova.