Sherwin Kaufman

Knee High: Bel Kaufman with her grandfa- ther Sholom Aleichem.

Brother and Sister

This is the story of a brother and sister, Russian immigrants, who arrived at Ellis Island almost 90 years ago, knowing no English. Decades later, I, the brother, was invited back to Ellis Island as a composer of an anthem celebrating the immigrant experience, while my sister excelled in English and became a famous novelist. How did these events occur?