Miscellany

still teaching at 100 yrs old, no joke

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.”

Bel Kaufman teaches humour at Hunter College. That makes me feel like I’ve still got time!

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