of all, who am I?
name is Melissa Oringer.
am a Jew. I was born into a conservative Jewish family and raised
in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. When I was in grade school,
the Rabbi at our synagogue passed away and was replaced by a Rabbi
that my family (and many others) didn't like nearly as much. My
parents found a new Rabbi at Temple Kol Ami, a reformed temple.
Rabbi Conrad was worth the switch - he was a wise, gentle, humorous
eastern european Jew who had survived the camps. He saw me through
me my bat mitzvah and was proud that I sang both the torah and haf-torah
portions, the first in our temple to do so. But after my bat mitzvah,
I stopped going to temple.
am a priestess. As I grew older my life-long fascination and
attraction for the magical grew and branched out into folklore,
mythology and the occult. I read about the religion of Wicca, or
witchcraft, and endeavored to create my own solitary practice and
relationship with the gods. Eventually, I moved to the San Francisco
East Bay where I was introduced to the very large and eclectic Bay
Area Pagan community via a Pagan chorus, Gaia's Voice. After a short
time, I began formal training in the NROOGD
tradition; I am an elder in the trad and have recently hived off
from my original coven, taking on a study group that eventually
grew into a full fledged coven in its own right.
can learn more if you like by visiting my personal site Blessed
Bees. Enjoy yourself, and drop a line in the guestbook while
not? I wanted a place for us, darn it. And being a web geek,
the domain and started coding. I wanted those of us who call ourselves
Jewitches to have a place in cyberspace. So here it is: website,
mailing list and all. All we
have to do is collect it all up and maybe something interesting
you've read this far, it's good to meet you. Please introduce yourself
by adding your
thoughts to the guestbook if you have the time. And if you
have something to add to the site, drop
me a line!