New “Rebecca Rubin” Doll

From Sept ’08 Spotlight: I went to American Girl Place on August 12 to watch kids make “charity boxes” (in Hebrew “Tzedakah Boxes” and in Yiddish “Pushke Boxes”) in honor of the new “Rebecca Rubin” doll.

Rebecca Rubin’s story is set in 1914; Rebecca is living on Manhattan’s Lower East Side with her parents and siblings, plus Grandpa and Bubbie as well as additional relatives who have just arrived from Russia. There are six books in the collection, taking the Rubin family from Ellis Island to Coney Island to an ILGWU picket line!

The next tie-in event is a trip to Hull-House on Monday, September 7. According to Marketing Manager Adrienne Clarke, “Rebecca’s story focuses on a period in American history when millions of immigrants came through Ellis Island seeking new opportunities. We want to bring America’s ‘melting pot’ to life in partnership with Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.” The schedule includes brunch at the American Girl Place Café, a bus ride to Hull-House, and related craft projects after the tour. To make reservations, visit the website: www.americangirl.com.

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