The Village Life Books

On the edge of the Black Forest, somewhere between Russia and Poland (and occasionally Germany) is a small village… 

Izzy Abrahmson’s THE VILLAGE LIFE is a rich tapestry of stories
with characters who will transport you on a magical  break from the stress of today. 

A Village RomanceNew Love For Old Souls 

She owns the only restaurant.   
He’s the wisest man in this village of fools.   

Together, they make an unlikely and lovable pair. 

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"The Lethal Latkes* is not a murder mystery. It concerns some awful-tasting latkes (potato pancakes) and what you might call another Hanukkah miracle: love.”
–The New York Times

"engaging tales… a world of friendly humor." 
– Kirkus Reviews

"joyful charm… troubled congregants… warm relationships, and the power of women… Abrahmson outdoes himself…" 
– AudioFile Magazine

"Gentle tales about an elderly rabbi and the woman who runs the village restaurant and steals his heart.… an expressive reading…"
– Providence Journal

*Yes! "The Lethal Latkes" is in two books with slightly different versions in a completely different context!  

Warm stories for Cold Nights

National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature nominee.

Frozen flames, muddled challah, and a community of family and friends.

Read Winter Blessings Today

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"Simple, but not simplistic – stories to tell each other, to read to each other after a shared family meal, stories for the very young, for the not so young, for kvelling grandparents. Stories that contain at least a hint of magic."
Jewish Rhode Island Newspaper


"a delightful collection of 11 stories and a novella celebrating the spirit of Chanukah (or Hanukkah).…  a modern take on the traditional stories of this ancient holiday, and each tale is perfect for the entire family.
— Providence Monthly


“Listeners of all cultural backgrounds will be entertained by these tales.” 
– School Library Journal


Izzy Abrahmson

Author, storyteller, podcaster, klezmacher

Izzy Abrahmson is an old soul with modern sensibilities. His stories of THE VILLAGE LIFE have been published in books, newspapers and magazines around the world.

Although shy by nature, Izzy loves to tell stories and play his improvised klezmer harmonica.
His live tales  have been enjoyed by adults, children and families of all ages at festivals and celebrations in the United States, Ireland, England, The Netherlands, Austria and France. 

Izzy Abrahmson is also a pen name for author and storyteller Mark Binder, who  lives in Providence and tours the world… virtually and in-person.

Recognition & Video

National Jewish Book Award FinalistWINTER BLESSINGS: 
National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature Finalist

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

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

"The Village is snuggled in an indeterminate past that never was but certainly should have been, a past filled with love, humor, adventures and more than occasional misadventures. And when you go, be sure to bring the kids." 
– The Times of Israel 

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

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

"Your visit helped [our students] to broaden their horizons and made them curious for more."
– HBLA Austria

RISCA LogoFolk Arts Fellowship Recipient, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

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

"Highly recommended for public libraries anywhere who want to engage their audiences and send them away happier." 
– Providence Public Library


Listen to The Village Life Podcast!

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For Tour Booking, School Programs and Media Info

For School and other Bookings, email Beth Hellman ( or call +1.401.272.8707

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