Cinderella Spinderella – Live at Classical High School

Far from being “an old chestnut” the story of Cinderella is edgy and exciting and relevant to listeners of all ages. This is an excerpt from a performance for high schoolers, who are by most […]

Cinderella Spinderella - Video from Classical High School

Chiri Bim

Where did the tune “Chiri Bim” Come from? The village of Chelm, of course!
This video was recorded live at the National Yiddish Book Center in front of a multi-generational audience.

For more than 20 years, Mark Binder’s original tales of Chelm have been touching readers and listeners around the world.  Mark’s Chelm stories have been printed in nearly every Jewish newspaper and magazine around the world, and many non-Jewish publications as well.

Chelm, if you don’t know, is a village of fools, but Mark’s stories are warm and heartfelt. Each character lives and breathes and grows over time.

Mark Binder’s first Chelm collection, A Hanukkah Present, came in second for the National Yiddish Book award for Family Literature. Other books in the series include, Matzah Mishugas and The Brothers Schlemiel as well as the audio books, A Chanukah Present and The Brothers Schlemiel From Birth to Bar Mitzvah.

While the story is designed for a live audience, a printed version of “Chiri Bim” is included in the book Stories for Peace.

“I began writing stories of Chelm when I was working as the editor of the Rhode Island Jewish HeraldOne day a reporter failed to submit a story, so I wrote one on deadline.

“Frequently I wonder where did this idea come from? And after ruminating for a while I find it’s almost always from one or the other villagers in Chelm.
—Mark Binder

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317 Watermelons (for Freedom) – older ages
How I was singlehandedly responsible for bringing down the Berlin Wall

Chiri Bim – from “Stories for Peace”
This was recorded on an iphone at the Peace Flag Project’s Voices for Peace Concert at the Roots Cafe in Providence, RI

“My House is too Small for Ramadan” — youngish/mixed audience

– From the programs Omakase and A Holiday Present and on the album, A Holiday Present
Story recorded live at the Plainville Public Library, s part of the Boston Bruins summer reading program, “When You Read, You Score!” in conjunction with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. A fun story based on a traditional folk tale

From “Stories for Peace – Part 1 – Rosa Parks Story – all ages
Live recording. Note, the actual performance does not include the photo montage.

From “Stories for Peace” – Part 2 – Demonstration – all ages
Live recording of a demonstration of Aikido philosophy as a means of solving conflict.

Og – First Scientist by Mark Binder – for First Grade
Who was the very first scientist? A caveman named Og. This story was presented before a group of first-graders, and was funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education.

Sarah’s Stake — a vampire story by Mark Binder – teens and up
Live version of the story from the album, It was a dark and stormy night…
Description: Not long ago, a preacher-man came to town. Soon after, people began to pass. Sarah’s father was the sheriff. Now she has to do her duty.

Promo video for “Dead at Knotty Oak” CD – Middle School and Up