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 traditional stories with a modern sensibility, and
lovable characters who will transport you on a magical  break from the stress of today. 

Abrahmson’s prose savvily mixes the homey and the surreal, and he’s a master of the cozy bedtime story.”

— Publishers Weekly

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The "official" series order is: A Village Romance, Winter Blessings, The Village Feasts and then The Village Twins.
But you can read them in any order.

Audio Samples & a Bonus Story
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Listen and enjoy! Stories from THE VILLAGE FEASTS, WINTER BLESSINGS and the PODCAST. Plus "Afikomen" a bonus story from THE VILLAGE FEASTS. Tip: Read "Afikomen" after you've read the book. It will make more sense.

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So Sweet

A Village Romance - Cover

Weddings and celebrations

She owns the only restaurant.  He’s the wisest man in The Village. Finally, they're getting together!

It is time for a new generation of readers to discover the unorthodox wisdom of Rabbi Kibbitz and the savory sense of Mrs. Chaipul. 

“troubled congregants… warm relationships, and the power of women…”
– Audiofile Magazine

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

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Warm stories for Cold Nights

National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature nominee.

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

"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

"Stories that contain at least a hint of magic."
Jewish Rhode Island 

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Ten Delicious Passover Tales 

When Mrs. Chaipul refuses to cook, and the Gold family won’t celebrate a traditional Passover, you know something is very wrong in The Village…

Will Reb Stein set a world record??
What was “The Last Temptation of Rabbi Kibbitz”?
And would anyone really eat cabbage matzah?

“I read the book in one sitting and was laughing repeatedly… The short stories are witty, whimsical… Do you need to be Jewish to love these stories? No, you don’t.” – Abe C.

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Izzy Abrahmson

Author, storyteller, podcaster

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 improvised klezmer harmonica.

His performances of 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


Award-winning podcast!

Award-winning podcast!

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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