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P.O. Box 2462
Rhode Island



Got a minute? Watch my promo: Mark Binder is a Jewish writer who really knows how to tell a story. As the author of the award-winning Chelm series of adventures, his stories have been published in newspapers and heard in communities around the world. Mark’s goal is to transmit joy, and he does that by energetically engaging the youngest and the oldest in his spellbinding narratives. From Reform to Chabad, elementary through family through seniors, in classrooms, auditoriums or from the bimah, his stories enthrall and resonate, bringing families and communities together in the joy of shared story. A graduate of the Trinity Rep Conservatory with a degree in mythology from Columbia and an MA in theater and English, Mark’s stories are both visceral and intellectual simultaneously. In other words, he can make you think and laugh at the same time. Mark's books include "A Hanukkah Present" (finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature), "Matzah Mishugas" and the novel, "The Brothers Schlemiel." Whether it’s an educational, holiday, social or fundraising event, his stories will amuse and entertain, and perhaps even enlighten. Programs include: Hanukkah, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Purim, Bar Mitzvahs, Weddings, Author Visits and Stories for Peace. Click the link to watch one of Mark's original Tales of Chelm that explains the origin of the song, "Chiri Bim"

For Students, For Educators, For Adults, For Storytellers, For Librarians, For Synagogues, For Non-Profit Organizations, For Business/Corporate Groups
Family Audiences, Elementary- grades K-5, Middle - grades 6-8, High School, College, Adult
"Mark Binder is a real person who tells real stories from the heart! He touches all ages with universal tales of life’s ups and downs…with a performance containing many more ups than downs. He is a consummate professional, who entertains with ease and joy. Every time he has performed here at the Yiddish Book Center he has surprised and delighted our audiences.
Program Director
National Yiddish Book Center"
“Mark was wonderful in every sense of the word. His stories were heartwarming and engaging. Thank you Mark for spreading your unique brand of joy!”
Rabbi Max Davis
Congregation B’nai Torah"
“We had a wonderful time at your program, your story telling is different and unique you seem to become your characters. We loved the mixture of your music, comedy and storytelling, what an imagination! Your stories were perfect for the occasion. The day after you program I heard many residents repeating the stories you had told, to me there in no better complement. We can’t wait to have you back again!
Joann Marzilli, Activities Director
Tamarisk Senior Center"