Reform Judaism Blogs by Kimberly Burnham [see all]
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Riding Out of Missoula, MT, with Torah on My Mind by Kimberly Burnham 4/30/2019
There’s a moment from 2013 that is forever etched in my head. I am standing in the parking lot of Har Shalom in Missoula, MT. Beside me in the early morning sunlight is Rabbi Laurie Franklin, who I met just two days earlier, when other Hazon bicyclists and I rode into Missoula on a Tuesday night. She looks at me with soft wise eyes – the kind of wisdom born of tough experiences, I think – as she welcomes me to her synagogue. As she warmly shakes my hand I feel truly seen. It is my second week of riding in support of sustainable agriculture and the environment. Seattle, WA,... Read More https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2019/04/30/riding-out-missoula-mt-torah-my-mind
Writing the Torah and Honoring the Name of God by Kimberly Burnham 12/16/2015
There was such joy in his voice as Rabbi Kevin Hale talked about going to the river near his house to wash himself in a mikveh (ritual bath) before writing the name of God in the Torah scroll he worked on. Letters gather into words. Words spiral into sacred texts. Each one is different. Each one strives to create a world of peace. Each one calls out a name of God. One of about 100 Torah scribes in the United States, Hale taught a dozen or so attendees at the 2015 Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City, UT, how to sing out each letter and word as we inscribed "... Read More https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2015/12/16/writing-torah-and-honoring-name-god
Crossing the Border, Jewish at the Boundaries by Kimberly Burnham 7/24/2015
"You know, I was never Christian. I was born Jewish."
"I know, and your momma and your ema and your grandparents were all born Jewish," I said, deep in conversation with my 6-year-old stepdaughter, Shaya.
"I, on the other hand, am the only one in my family that is Jewish," I added.
"Because you turned Jewish," she piped up.
Three years ago – before I knew anything about this amazing child or her mother, who I fell in love with, or her twin brother and the 9-year-old twins – I decided to bicycle... Read More https://reformjudaism.org/blog/2015/07/24/crossing-border-jewish-boundaries
Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine) served as a Mormon missionary in Tokyo, Japan, left the church of her childhood when she came out as a lesbian, and years later converted to Judaism. She is currently working on a collection of poems about her cross-USA bicycle ride, titled The Journey Home. Kim has a clinical practice in alternative medicine specializing in brain and nervous system disorders in Spokane, WA. She and her wife, Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein (HUC, NY, 2001) edited an anthology titled Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers. Her latest book of poetry is Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program.
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One of the most satisfying vegetables to grow, radishes are ready to harvest within three weeks of planting. They are also a very good source of vitamin C helping to rebuild tissues and blood vessels, and keeping bones and teeth strong. And this is how the Spokane Radish Tikkun Olam project started.
Congregation Emanu-el, Spokane, Washington's Reform community's Tikkun Olam committee was looking for a project. It had to be something that would create a positive impact in Spokane, something that could be done in a few hours one day, something that families with small children and elderly members could participate in ... gardening.
Thousands of people in Spokane are hungry for fresh nutritious food. Hunger and a lack of nutritional food contribute to obesity and diabetes. In 2007, 1 in 10 Spokane County adults cut or skipped a meal because they did not have money to buy food. Among these adults, 41% acknowledged that this occurred every month. (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2007).
Large areas of Spokane are considered food deserts, areas where people live more than 1/2 mile from a grocery store where they can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. (USDA, Access to Affordable & Nutritious Food: Measuring & Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences, 2009).
The need is clear but what to offer?
Radishes are a natural choice because they are so fast and easy to grow. And so we decided on two boxes of dirt and plants. It starts by recycling liquor boxes, which are sturdy and plentiful. Filling them with dirt from the store bought with donated money, llama manure and composted wood chips donated by volunteers. Into one box goes radish seeds and two sunchoke bulbs (Jerusalem artichokes, which my father says are neither from Jerusalem nor artichokes). I grew them all last summer and left them in the ground till April 30, when we dug them up and replanted them for Spokane families.
Many people have never heard of sunchokes but at one time that was also true of potatoes.
In the 1600's the Russian Orthodox Church banned potatoes simply because they were not mentioned in the Bible. A particular fan of the potato, King Frederick II of Prussia, fed them to his troops. However, when he offered them to his subjects during the 1774 famine, they refused this relatively unknown food from South America. Frederick's new approach was to declare the potato a royal vegetable and place guards around royal potato fields. Before long, there was a huge underground market in potatoes and everyone started growing them.
Today, the relatively unknown, Sunchoke or Jerusalem Artichoke has the potential to feed many people in a nutritious way.
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Kimberly Burnham helps authors get their books out into the world more broadly by improving their free Amazon Author's page and book pages, posting a book review on her blog and on her LinkedIn Pulse blog (over 12,000 followers) Promotion packages start at $50. Contact her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com. See her Amazon Author's Page.
See her list of publications including her latest book of brain health meditations, Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program.
Designed to enhance memory, creativity, and inner peace, Awakenings: Peace,Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program is available free of charge as a Kindle eBook on February 14-15, 2019. [Click Here].
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I am looking for guest blog opportunities and a position as poet-in-residence. My current project is writing dictionary poems using words in different languages for the English word "peace." You can read some of my poems on Poemhunter .
As poet-in-residence I would write poems on different words in different languages and broadcast them throughout the social media blogosphere. Each poem would link back to your site where the word or language appeared.
I would expect some sort of stipend and a six month to one year placement. Please contact me for details if your organization is interested in having a poet-in-residence to help get your message out. Nervewhisperer@gmial.com
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