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Sunday Stories: Barbie is Jewish

Discover the story of the Jewish woman behind one of our most enduring pop culture icons. Before she took the world by storm in 1959, the Barbie doll was created by Ruth Handler, the child of Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jewish immigrants living in Denver. Inspired by a doll she discovered with her daughter Barbie, Ruth envisioned a new way that little girls could play—not with baby dolls they could mother, but with representations of the women they might become. Join us for another Sunday Story to learn the remarkable history of the world's original Barbie girl and the woman who created her.

About Sunday Stories
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The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) presents Sunday Stories, a series exploring riveting histories of Jewish figures of California and the West connecting to art, pop culture, and more. Sit back and enjoy recent installments of our popular series!

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