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She’s Here!!!

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

24americangirl190_2Meet Rebecca Rubin. — the newest American Girl! Living on Orchard Street in 1914, her story reflects the immigrant experience of so many of our ancestors who landed in the Lower East Side after their steerage crossing into New York Harbour. Rebecca Rubin’s debut on 31 May 2009 has caused quite a commotion with articles in the NY Times as well as throughtout the Jewish blogosphere (here and here and here, etc.)

For years, Frume Sarah had been lamenting about the absence of a Jewish American Girl. After all, it seemed odd not to have a doll representing our community. And I wasn’t the only one. As my friend, Meredith, said to the JTA,

This is our history, right here in this doll.

I am so excited for Poppyseed, whose 6th birthday falls JUST AFTER release day, to have a beautiful doll with a shared history and background. What I would have given as a young girl to have a doll who was similar to me. Like Poppyseed, Rebecca has a bubbe and eats challah and struggles to assert her Jewish identity in a non-Jewish society. Along with my beloved All-of-a-Kind Family books, Poppyseed will have books that tell the stories about Rebecca’s life on the Lower East Side in the 1910’s. What a wonderful way to make her own history come alive.

Ok…I admit it. I can’t wait to read them too!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 26 May 2009 11:58 am

    i know, i’m so excited! i’ve always wanted an american girls doll. can’t wait for my yaelie to get old enough.

  2. Rebecca permalink
    Tuesday, 26 May 2009 5:07 pm

    Scott’s getting me one for my birthday 🙂

  3. Wednesday, 27 May 2009 2:30 pm

    I searched the American Girl site for ten minutes and could not find the doll.

    I even tried searching for her by name.

    What is that??

  4. Riv permalink
    Thursday, 28 May 2009 2:35 pm

    I’m so excited about this! My daughter and I saw the news the other day and she and I both were jumping up and down with excitement. Her first question was “does she come with challah?” 🙂

  5. Megan permalink
    Friday, 29 May 2009 9:55 pm

    i didn’t know they have a jewish doll coming out. i’m so excited!

  6. homeshuling permalink
    Monday, 1 June 2009 6:43 pm

    Am I the only one who can’t imagine spending that kind of money on a doll?

  7. Thursday, 4 June 2009 10:18 pm

    So here’s the thing — it is a lot of money for this doll. I get that. But since a lot of girls want an American Doll, why shouldn’t they have one available that reflects their own cultural experience??

    That being said…I totally want one!

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