SARATOGA SPRINGS – Temple Sinai has announced book sale of hard and soft cover used books to honor the memory of Jack Schoen, whose large and varied donation of Jewish books forms the majority of the hundreds of good-quality used books that the temple’s library is offering for sale. The book sale will be held at Temple Sinai at 509 Broadway on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to organizers, most of the books that will be offered to the public are duplicates of books already owned by the library.

Temple Sinai Library Committee member, Karyl Maenza, packing books in the Temple Sinai Library for the Jack Schoen Memorial Book Sale scheduled for Aug. 8 and 9. Photo courtesy of Ron Maenza.

“We look forward to the event as a way to share our rich, Jewish book collection and open our doors to the Saratoga Springs community,” said Jerry Silverman, president of the Temple Sinai board. “We are grateful to Melinda Schoen and the late Jack Schoen for their many contributions to Temple Sinai.”

“Temple Sinai is honored to have received these and many other books from generous donors over the years,” said Caroline Seligman, the library committee chairwoman, “and is now pleased to offer a wide selection to the public.”

Proceeds from the sale will help maintain and further expand and house the library, which was begun 10 years ago, following an initial sale of donated books organized by library founders Kirsten Mishkin and Roy Ginsberg.

Today the library contains approximately 2,500 volumes (unduplicated).

Temple members are free to check out books any time the building is open; non-members may make a request to borrow books. The library catalogue is on-line through the Temple Sinai website.