Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Burning Passion

Rivka Chaya Steif

Lag B’omer means bonfires: tens of feet of dancing flames, spirited dancing — and potential burns. Women from the MR Burn Gemach, an international group of dedicated volunteers, share the surprising secrets to effectively treating burns.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

For those unschooled in the complexity of burn treatment, it’s hard to understand why a burn gemach is so vital. Even minor burns can cause redness, painful blisters, and, as in the case of Shaina’s son, swelling, and may lead to scarring or infection — or worse. According to the World Health Organization, burns are the 11th leading cause of death in children aged one to nine years old. Getting the right treatment quickly is important to promote healing and minimize damage. The founder of theMRBurnGemach,MiriamRosenfeld — a trained practitioner of natural healing — had learned to dress burns as well as wounds, cellulitis, and ulcers. (See sidebar for more aboutMiriam.) As word of her expertise spread and she could not keep up with the demand on her time, she began training additional volunteers to be available when or where she could not. Today, over 40 volunteers in countless cities across the world have established branches of theMRBurnGemach, where hundreds of burn victims are expertly treated in a safe, professional environment, free of charge. Donations are used exclusively to purchase new supplies to keep the Gemach running.

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

No Misunderstandings
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Hashem revealed the secret of a balanced life
What Was the Court’s Rush?
Yonoson Rosenblum The Democratic Party’s descent into madness
Survey? Oy Vey
Eytan Kobre How could YAFFED promote such a farce?
Filling the Void
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Jewish leaders don’t need to be declared or coronated
Top 5 Ways We Remember Our Rebbeim (and we love them for it!)
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin An ode to these pivotal people in my life
Hanging On in Newark
Rabbi Nosson Scherman Rabbi Nosson Scherman remembers the shul of his youth
A Fine Kettle of Fish
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The “minor” chasadim are often the most meaningful
The Next Hill
Jacob L. Freedman The look on Malachi’s face nearly broke my heart
Tradition and Modern Meet in One Long Dance
Riki Goldstein Fusing tradition and modernity comes naturally to him
A Playlist for Shabbos
Riki Goldstein What does Moshy Kraus sing at the Shabbos table?
With Flying Colors
Riki Goldstein My 15 seconds of fame on the Carnegie Hall stage
Full Faith
Faigy Peritzman With emunah, everyone’s obligation is the same
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Silence isn’t always golden
The Only One
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Within every Jew is the flame of instinctive emunah