Is Bel Kaufman Jewish?

Yes, Bel Kaufman is a Jew, the granddaughter of Sholom Aleichem, author of Up the Down Staircase, and is 100 years old. Happy Birthday!

At 100, Still a Teacher, and a Jokester
Bel Kaufman, author of “Up the Down Staircase,” the seminal book on the hardships and joys of teaching in New York City, celebrated her 100th birthday.

At 100 years old, Ms. Kaufman is still shpritzing jokes, Jewish and otherwise, which is in her genes. Her grandfather was the great Yiddish storyteller Sholem Aleichem, a writer who was able to squeeze heartbreaking humor out of the most threadbare deprivation and wove the bittersweet Tevye stories that became the source for “Fiddler on the Roof.”


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