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'"Rebecca" redirects here. For the doll, see Rebecca Rubin (doll).


Rebecca Rubin is the tenth Historical Character of the American Girls, representing early twentieth-century America during the second wave of European immigration. Rebecca was released in 2009 and is part of the BeForever collection.

Personality

Rebecca is nicknamed "Beckie" by her family. Her mother and grandparents immigrated from Russia. Rebecca's family is Jewish and maintains a commitment to their heritage. She wants to be an actress like her cousin Max when she grows up. Her family does not approve of her following in Max's footsteps, and they want Rebecca to be a teacher; however, she refuses to take their advice. She wants to appear more grown up than she is, despite the mocking from her older sisters. She is thoughtful and generous. Rebecca often accompanies her father to help work at his shoe store. She likes to crochet and is very good at it. She also has a knack for business and making money, as shown in Meet Rebecca, similar to her father. Due to the fact that Rebecca gets hand-me-downs from her twin sisters, she has two sets of almost all her outfits. She shares them with her cousin Ana.

Rebecca loves to be the center of attention or "in the spotlight," often being a little envious of her siblings for getting more attention than she does. In Meet Rebecca she wants to be allowed to light the Sabbath candles instead of her sisters, who always received praise for looking and acting grown-up. In Rebecca to the Rescue, she's envious because her brother gets lots of attention leading up to his Bar Mitzvah. Rebecca also loves to make people laugh. She is described as being lively with a dramatic flair.

Rebecca can be a little bossy, especially when she's directing plays, and tends to want things to go her way, which was highlighted in Changes for Rebecca and My Journey with Rebecca.

Rebecca likes coming together with her family for sabbath dinner. Her favorite subject in school is arithmetic, and her grandpa calls her a "math whiz." Her favorite book is Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. She would rather spend her time in the splashing waves at Coney Island than be anywhere else.

Rebecca struggles with trying to fit in with mainstream American culture and maintain her commitment to her culture and religious beliefs as well. This is most evident in Candlelight for Rebecca - her family doesn't celebrate Christmas, but pressure from others about celebrating the holiday ma!es her feel out of place. Rebecca wants to be liked and praised and dislikes being talked about negatively. In Rebecca and Ana, Rebecca was embarrassed by her cousin Ana after her classmates at school teased her. Rebecca has shown herself to be courageous and have natural talent.

Rebecca's family speaks fluent Yiddish; while the books are written in English, Yiddish words are integrated into the stories and defined in the back of each book.

American Girl characterizes her as "confident" and "inspiring" while the American Girl shop section describes her as charismatic.

Family and Friends


Family

Friends and Minor Characters

Books

See List of Rebecca's Books

Doll

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The Rebecca Doll.

Main article: Rebecca Rubin (doll)

Collection

See Rebecca's Collection

Trivia

  • Rebecca is the first Jewish historical, as well as being the second Jewish character released by American Girl. The first was Lindsey Bergman.

See also

References and Footnotes

  1. In Rebecca and the Movies, Rebecca and Rose are out on a Saturday afternoon during Passover. Rebecca says her birthday is the next day--Sunday. Passover in 1915 was from Tuesday, March 30 to Tuesday, April 6th by the Gregorian calendar in 1915. The only Sunday in that time frame is the 4th of April. Her birthday was later formally confirmed by American Girl.

American Girl Historical Characters
1760s

Kaya'aton'my

1770s

Felicity Merriman *

1810s

Caroline Abbott *

1820s

Josefina Montoya

1850s

Cécile Rey *
and Marie-Grace Gardner *

1850s

Kirsten Larson *

1860s

Addy Walker

1900s

Samantha Parkington

1910s

Rebecca Rubin

1930s

Kit Kittredge

1940s

Nanea Mitchell **

1940s

Molly McIntire *

1950s

Maryellen Larkin **

1960s

Melody Ellison **

1970s

Julie Albright

* Archived / ** Initially released during BeForever

BeForever Historical Characters
1760s

Kaya'aton'my

1770s

Felicity Merriman */**

1810s

Caroline Abbott *

1820s

Josefina Montoya

1860s

Addy Walker

1900s

Samantha Parkington **

1910s

Rebecca Rubin

1930s

Kit Kittredge

1940s

Nanea Mitchell

1940s

Molly McIntire **

1950s

Maryellen Larkin

1960s

Melody Ellison

1970s

Julie Albright

* Archived | ** ReReleased for BeForever

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