Dedication to the Holocaust Book Collection | The Jewish Norm


The Frenkel family, who have lived in Wyckoff for 50 years, and the Wyckoff Public Library, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will dedicate a new permanent collection of Holocaust education and tolerance books to the library. Library leaders; 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 scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m., at the media library and on Zoom.

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

“We are honored to partner with the Frenkel family to present this collection to the Wyckoff community,” said Library Director Laura Leonard. “This is a timely and important collection that continues our mission to connect people and inform by creating a stronger, more empathetic community. We are happy to house it at the library.

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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 the subject of a special exhibition in June; there are many copies of some of them, so book clubs can use them.

“Our family has lived in Wyckoff continuously for 50 years. He was intimately involved with the Wyckoff Public Library throughout this time, and we are extremely grateful for the educational and civic resources of the institution. We are pleased to partner with the library to bring important ideas and literature to our community, in honor of our parents whom we lost in 2017 and 2018,” said Michael Frenkel.

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


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