Bel Kaufman Bel Kaufman, author of Up the Down Staircase, as a child on the knee of her grandfather, Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem. Courtesy of a private collection. Print Full Image Institution Private Collection Related contentEncyclopedia Article: Bel Kaufman How to cite this pageJewish Women's Archive. "Bel Kaufman." (Viewed on December 8, 2019) <https://jwa.org/media/kaufman-bel-1-still-image>.