Mayim Bialik, familiar to most as Blossom from the 1990’s eponymous sitcom and Amy Farrah Fowler on the popular Big Bang Theory, has joined former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Harvard lecturer Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar as co-chairs of a new Jewish entrepreneurial fellowship called Core18 Leaders Lab. The project, a fresh venture from JerusalemU, an online portal for Jewish distance learning, is accepting applications for 36 fully-funded fellowships to begin in the upcoming year. The three are supported by a veritable who’s who of Jewish leaders, educators and business people serving as advisors, teachers and board members for the program, including Malcolm Hoenlein, Natan Sharansky and Alan Dershowitz.
“To do great things in the world, we must first seek greatness within ourselves,” Bialik says in a Core18 promotional video.
“Today we need leaders, infused with a Jewish spirit and a Jewish passion, to bring the incredible energies of the Jewish people together to forge a Jewish future,” says Sacks.
The Times of Israel reported on a conference call held by Bialik just before Yom Kippur. “Core18 Leaders Lab is a mad scientist’s dream,” Bialik says. “We bring in emerging Jewish leaders and give them the connections, training and funding they’ll need to experiment with cool new ideas that can change the Jewish landscape.”
“It’s a unique hybrid of personal development, Jewish wisdom and an Accelerator, with world-renowned mentors, to help you become a great leader…” explains Ben-Shahar, also in promotional material.