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Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

Yeshiva Atlanta, in partnership with the Hebrew Order of David (HOD), will be hosting star Mayim Bialik as she comes to town to support an expansion of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction at the school.

As part of her trip, Bialik will be the featured speaker for a program on May 5 (2 p.m.) at the Georgia Tech Scheller Atrium and Auditorium. A preceding reception will feature display stations from several STEM-based companies and organization.

Bialik, who is best known for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in 1989’s “Beaches” and currently appears as Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory” (for which she was recently nominated for an Emmy), also holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is active in education advocacy nationwide.

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Bringing her to Atlanta is the cornerstone of a joint effort by the HOD and YA to raise funds to support new STEM programs, which have been identified as critical for the school’s future growth. Studies reveal that the most desirable and most sought-after careers in the 21st century are increasingly technology- and math-oriented and include engineering, medicine, actuarial science, robotics, healthcare, computer science, geophysics and more.

For this reason, Yeshiva has embraced as an overarching goal to ensure that our students will be getting the education they need to fill these critical, well-paying jobs. The funds raised from the May 5 program and other future events will be used to improve the science classrooms, train teaching professionals, acquire new lab equipment and upgrade the overall academic quality of YA’s STEM program.

The HOD, a 100-year-plus-old Jewish fraternal organization with lodges in South Africa, England, Canada and Israel as well as the USA, is dedicated to providing assistance to the Atlanta Jewish community. Past efforts have benefited JF&CS, the ML-4 Foundation, the Jack & Jill Foundation, Temima Girls High School, the Hatzalah (first response and rescue in Israel) and other organizations.

The upcoming Atlanta event is open to the public, and group tickets for school groups are available.

For more information about this event, including being a sponsor or making a contribution, please contact Avi Levinson at Yeshiva Atlanta at (770) 451-5299 or at alevinson@yeshivaatlanta.org. Learn more about HOD at hodnorthamerica.org.

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