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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.

Workshops include:

  • 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
For Students, For Educators, For Adults, For Storytellers, For Librarians, For Synagogues
Family Audiences, Elementary- grades K-5, Middle - grades 6-8, Adult
“Mark's style is playful and jam-packed with joy. He ignites curiosity and empathy with audiences through his masterful use of humor and timing.
Dan Nichols
Jewish Songwriter and Informal Jewish Educator"
"Mark has a certain charisma about him that inspires people not only to listen to what he is saying, but also to glean from his words deep, personalized meaning. He has the rare ability to energize even the most mundane of tales.
Rabbi Michael Cook, Ph.D.
Sol & Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, OH"
”You tell the best stories ever. Thank you so much!
Summer Camper, 8 years old"