Ahead of her speech at the 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, Jewish-American actress Mayim Bialik met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. Bialik landed in Israel a few days before the conference so that she could tour the country.

Bialik and Rivlin

Bialik and Rivlin Photo Credit: Mark Neiman/GPO

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik in Jerusalem on Sunday. The Jewish actress, social activist and neuroscientist is in Israel for the 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, hosted by the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Bialik landed in Israel on Friday, three days before the conference is set to take place so that she could tour the country. Shortly after landing, she uploaded an Instagram post of pictures of Israeli foods and her in Israel and referred to the Jewish state as her “home.”

The Jewish actress is one of the 90 speakers scheduled to speak at the three-day conference, which will begin tomorrow. Some of the other speakers include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and former UNESCO Secretary-General Irina Bokova.


It’s good to spend #shabbos at home. #israel

A post shared by mayim bialik (@missmayim) on

Bialik’s name recently came up as a possible torch lighter nominee for this year’s Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl. For the second year in a row, one of the 12 torch lighter spots is being reserved for Jewish people who do not live in Israel. In a Facebook post, Bialik said that she was honored that her name had come up as a possible torch lighter for the category after the Israeli Diaspora Affairs Ministry asked the public to suggest possible candidates. “If you’d like to nominate me, I would appreciate that!” she wrote. “I would be unbelievably honored to even be nominated as a candidate for this tremendous honor!”