The Festival of Books & Culture at the Boulder JCC begins Sunday, November 1. The first event of this two-week event, “Welcoming Rebecca Rubin: Doll Tea Party,” (for families with children ages 8 and up and their dolls and parents) has already sold out. Lucky tea-party attendees have the opportunity to meet Jacqueline Dembar Greene, author of the new Rebecca book series from American Girl®, and learn how she created the Rebecca books. Rebecca is the new American Girl doll, a lively nine-year old girl growing up in a big Russian- Jewish immigrant family in New York in 1914. The books describe Rebecca’s many adventures and how she struggles to adapt to her new country’s ways, while holding on to the old Russian-Jewish traditions of her family.
The New York Times covered Rebecca’s launch in May, “American Girl’s Journey to the Lower East Side”. Ypulse.com, which covers media and marketing to tweens, also covered the launch with this piece “What The Rebecca Rubin Doll Means For Real Jewish American Girls”. Several publications have noted that the Rebecca Rubin doll is not to be confused with a Rebecca Rubin on the FBI’s “most wanted” list.
The Rebecca books have a Boulder connection. Michael Hirsch’s sister Jennifer Hirsch was the primary editor for the Rebecca series. Jennifer’s work was inspired by their grandmother, Valia Hirsch, who immigrated from Ukraine. Michael, Marti and their two daughters are members of Beth Ami – the Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (and Marti plays Mah Jongg in the Tuesday night group!).
To add your name to the wait list for the Tea Party program, please contact Shari at 303-998-1900 x106 or Shari@boulderjcc.org.