"Mark Binder's tales from Izzy Abrahmson's Village Life  resonate with happiness, humor and joy!"

Is he Izzy or is He Mark?

Izzy Abrahmson is an old soul with modern sensibilities. Mark Binder is a storyteller and author. 

Together, they have written four books and audiobooks in the award-winning VILLAGE LIFE series, a limited-edition podcast, and give live performances that have been enjoyed by adults, children and families around the world.

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Village Life shows and Programs

"On the edge of the Black Forest…"

When Mark Binder tells stories, listeners smile. They laugh and feel a warm sense of happiness! Izzy Abrahmson's version of the Village of Chelm is Jewish, but the characters are complex and the themes are universal.

“In the spirit of Sholem Aleichem… Wisdom is foolish, innocence is poignant, and the complex is simple.” – AudioFile Magazine 

“Mark had the audience in stitches!  He is a consummate professional, who entertains with ease and joy. Every time he has performed here, he has surprised and delighted.” 
– National Yiddish Book Center

Mark Binder's Tales from Izzy Abrahmson's Village Life are wonderful events for theaters, festivals, community centers, schools, churches, synagogues and mosques…. Suitable for all ages, and often adjusted based on the season.

"a lively evening of fun, laughter, passion, wit, introspection, and tales to remember!"  
– Congregation Etz Chaim

Programs for adults • families • children

Event Booking

For performance info and bookings:
Beth Hellman -

If you'd like, you can also book Izzy through the Jewish Book Council
(Please remember, you don't need to be Jewish to enjoy The Village Life!)

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You can reach Izzy via email:


A World of Laughter and Love

Meet Rabbi Kibbitz, Mrs. Chaipul (the wise woman!), the Schlemiel Twins, Reb Stein the Baker, Rachel Cohen, and many many more. While the village of Chelm is known for its foolishness, Izzy Abrahmson's tales bring the characters to life, and resonate in today's modern world.

The four books in Izzy Abrahmson's Village Life Series are A Village Romance, The Village Twins, Winter Blessings, and The Village Feasts. These books can be read in any order. 

In the spirit of Sholem Aleichem… ”

— Audiofile Magazine

Abrahmson’s prose savvily mixes the homey and the surreal… he’s a master…”

— Publishers Weekly

The Village Feasts - Passover stories of food and laughter
  • The Village Feasts - Passover stories of food and laughter
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"…charming…Readers young and old will be delighted…" – Publishers Weekly
" wryly funny with dollops of heartwarming schmaltz." – Kirkus Reviews
Return to The Village with these 10 delightful Passover Tales.
Written under a pen name, Izzy Abrahmson’s THE VILLAGE FEASTS warms the heart
Ten tasty tales adults and children of all ages will enjoy again and again. Delightful and amusing.
THE VILLAGE FEASTS is the follow-up collection to WINTER BLESSINGS by National Jewish Book Award For Family Literature nominee Izzy Abrahmson.
• Mrs. Chaipul refuses to cook.
• The Gold family can’t afford matzah (unleavened bread).
• Reb Stein, the baker wants to set a world record.
• But why would anyone eat matzah made from cabbage?
Izzy Abrahmson’s THE VILLAGE FEASTS is rich with the kind of misadventures and ingenious solutions to problems that can only come from residents of The Village. The stories dance with a traditional feel around contemporary issues. (You can also order it on Amazon and many other platforms at

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Recognition and Videos

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy The Village Life!

– Finalist National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature

"Schlemiels in cyberspace… old-fashioned storytelling in a newfangled way"
—The Providence Journal 

"Laughing out loud humor… very poignant and sweet" 
—Jewish Herald Voice, Houston

"a good story very well told"
Jewish Independent, Canada 

Finalist – National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature

"the sto­ries are light in tone"
—Jewish Book Council

Event Booking Info

For questions about booking and to secure dates, please contact Beth Hellman ( or call us at +1.401.272.8707


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