Holocaust book collection dedication
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Holocaust book collection dedication

The Frenkel family, who have lived in Wyckoff for 50 years, and the Wyckoff Public Library, celebrating its 100th anniversary, will dedicate a new permanent collection of books on Holocaust education and tolerance at the library. Leaders of the library; the township, including Mayor Rudy Boonstra; the Jewish community, including Rabbi Joshua Waxman of Temple Beth Rishon, and the Frenkel family will be there for the dedication. It is planned for Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m., at the library and on Zoom.

The collection honors the memory of Holocaust survivors Steve and Denise Frenkel, who escaped Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, moved to Wyckoff in 1973 and lived there until 2003. It’s donated by their children, Michael Frenkel and Liz Reingold; Michael and his wife still live in Wyckoff, and their children grew up in town as well. The dedicated collection includes books for use by patrons of the library and library book clubs, as well as special collections available for students at Eisenhower Middle School, Ramapo High School, and Indian Hills High School.

“We’re honored to partner with the Frenkel Family to introduce this collection to the Wyckoff community,” the library’s director, Laura Leonard, said. “This is a timely and important collection that furthers our mission to connect people with each other and information creating a stronger and more empathetic community. We’re pleased to house it at the library.”

The collection includes books by authors such as Elie Wiesel, Art Spiegelman, and Leo Strauss. The volumes are available immediately at the library and will be on special display in June; there are many copies of some of them, so book clubs can use them.

“Our family has been living in Wyckoff continuously for the past 50 years. It has been intimately involved with the Wyckoff Public library throughout that time, and we are tremendously grateful for the institution’s educational and civic resources. We’re happy to partner with the library to bring important ideas and literature to our community, in honor of our parents who we lost in 2017 and 2018,” Michael Frenkel said.

For more information, call the library at (201) 891-4866.

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