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Mark Covitz is a storyteller, writer, and educator, skilled at drawing pictures with words. Over 15 years as a camp director and as a rabbi, he has developed his storytelling style in front of countless Shabbat campfires and on bimas around the country. His craft has been further refined during thousands of story-telling sessions while driving his children to school. Drawing on material from Biblical texts, Midrash, Jewish folklore, other cultures, and his own imagination, Mark’s stories range from entertaining, energetic, and humorous, to thought-provoking, eloquent, and meaningful. In all instances, the stories are the vehicle through which Mark warmly connects with audiences, children and adults alike. Mark is a graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in Philosophy, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College with a thesis titled "Teaching Reform Ideology through Traditional Folklore". In between, he performed stand-up comedy in Boston and Los Angeles. His High Holy Day sermon “Kashering our Communication”, a humorous and insightful look at the impact of technology on our interpersonal relationships, was published in The American Rabbi Golden Jubilee Anthology.
- Building Relationships through Story
- The Story Begins: learning to tell stories
- The End is Near: Concluding Stories with confidence
- The Truth in our Tales: Does it have to be Factual to be True?
- Step Into the Story: See the Story from a Character’s point of view
- L’dor va’Dor: Crafting the stories our children will tell, maybe
- Learning to Lead: what our folklore teaches
Jewish Songwriter and Informal Jewish Educator"
Rabbi Michael Cook, Ph.D.
Sol & Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, OH"
Summer Camper, 8 years old"