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Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo

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Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo
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Resides: Canton of Whyt Whey
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
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Introduction

Nobilis Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo plays a Roman Jewish woman living sometime between the years 0 and 300 CE. She is primarily interested in music, fiber arts, and the history of the Jewish people from Antiquity through the early-Modern period (~1650). She is from the Canton of Whyt Whey, Crown Province of Østgarđr, in the East Kingdom. During the pandemic, she relocated to the Barony of Bhakail. In October 2022, she moved to the Barony of Three Rivers in the Kingdom of Calontir.

From November 2020 until October 2022, she was the Minister of Arts & Sciences for the Canton of Whyt Whey, and in this capacity organized the twice-monthly Saturday Night Solar. The solars are no longer ongoing.

She is the student of Laila al-Sanna' al-Andalusiyya, who is her vocal instructor.

Persona

The primary persona of Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo is that a Jewish person living in the Roman empire, sometime between the year 0 and 300 CE. Her family has roots in the Roman-occupied land of Israel, and like many Jews in that time and place, are multi-lingual, speaking Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. Her family are successful merchants, and some are scholars.

The secondary persona of Berakha bat Mira v'Shlomo is an Ottoman Jewish person in the mid to late 16th C. With this persona, she participates in the Osmanlı Mehter Takımı (Janissary Marching Band).

Preferred Pronouns

She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs

Staff Positions

Officerships
  • Minister of Arts and Sciences for the Canton of Whyt Whey (November 2020 - October 2022)
Event Staff and Volunteering
  • Waitstaff and Coffee Barista at Kafe Merhaba, Pennsic War, 2011-2019
  • Class Instructor, Pennsic War, 2015
  • Class Instructor, Pennsic War, 2016
  • Class Instructor, Virtual Pennsic, 2020
  • Class Instructor, Royal University Midrealm, Jan. 2021 (Introduction to Hebrew Language, Hebrew Calendar)
  • Event Organizer for Whyt Whey Presents the Saturday Night Solar - an event held every fortnight, launched Dec. 2020
  • Social Media Coordinator for the First Bardic War, May 15-23 2021
  • Volunteer moderator/lobby at the Known World Virtual Heraldric and Scribal Symposium, July 9-11 2021
  • Retained for her Highness Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt at Bjorn's Retreat, August 14, 2021
  • Social Media and PR coordinator at the Virtual Known World Cooks and Bards, Sept. 10-12 2021
  • Gate volunteer and Class instructor (Hebrew Calendar) at Gryphon's Fest, Barony of Three Rivers, Oct. 22-24 2021
  • Gate volunteer, Covid vaccine/negative PCR test check and occasional kitchen hand at 100 Minutes War and East Kingdom Novice Day, Nov. 20 2021
  • Vaccine card/negative Covid test check, retainer for HRH Ryouko'jin, and post-event cleanup at Bhakail Yule, Dec. 11, 2021
  • Class Instructor and Bardic circle wrangler, Deck the Halls of Valhalla, Jan. 29, 2022
  • Website and Social Media staff, The East Goes East, Feb. 19, 2022
  • Gate volunteer and vaccine card check at Mudthaw, March 26, 2022
  • Arts & Sciences Coordinator at the Coronation of Ryouko'jin Of-The Iron-Skies and Indrakshi Aani Aravinda, April 9, 2022
  • Retained for her Highness Ylva Jönsdottir of Calontir at Unslung Heroes, April 29, 2022
  • Class teacher at the Known World Italian Symposium, May 7, 2022 (The Basics of Roman Garb in the 1st C)
  • Retained for their Majesties Ryouko'jin Of-The Iron-Skies and Indrakshi Aani Aravinda during morning court on the field at War of the Roses, May 28, 2022
  • Waterbearer and class instructor at Winter Court (B3R, Calontir), Jan. 7, 2023

Projects & Publications

Classes Offered
Arts & Sciences

An Overview of My A&S projects - A Guide To What I Am Doing, And Why

Published Works
Bardic and Performances

Berakha has performed with groups and solo at numerous Pennsic Wars, camp parties, and bardic circles.

Berakha has performed at and/or hosted for the following events and projects:

  • Pennsic Wars 45, 47, and 48
  • Barleycorn (September 2019)
  • Twelfth Night (Jan. 2020)
  • Bear's Tavern (March 2020)
  • "Sing We and Chant It" Ostgardr Crown Province music video, organized by Bardic Champion and Project Coordinator, Armiger Catelin Straquhin (Summer 2020)
  • The Chalk Man Music Competition – In The Key of AEther (July 31, 2020)
  • Virtual Pirate Bardic (Aug. 3, 2020)
  • First Virtual Courtesan College Performance (Aug. 7, 2020)
  • Dance submission for Queen of Doom's A&S Entries (Feb 7,. 2021)
  • Contestant at East Kingdom Bardic Championship (April 24, 2021)
  • Activity host for the Pirate Bardic Circle at the First Bardic War (May 15, 2021)
  • Live War Point entrant for Non-European Performance at the First Bardic War (May 16, 2021)
  • Live War Point host for Battle Speech or Story at the First Bardic War (May 23, 2021)
  • Bardic circle at Bjorn's Retreat with the Foxy Bard and Twig (August 14, 2021)
  • Live performances Bhakail Yule, with Clan Straquhin and the Foxy Bard and Twig (Dec. 11, 2021)
  • Bardic circle at Deck the Halls of Valhalla (Jan. 29, 2022)
  • Playing music with the Foxy Bard and friends, at the Coronation of Ryouko'jin Of-The Iron-Skies and Indrakshi Aani Aravinda (April 9, 2022)
  • Performed the Boast, as written by Agnes Marie de Calais, for the elevation of Roibeard mac Neill mhic Ghille Eoin to the Order of the Laurel
  • Performed percussion and sang at the Pennsic Middle Eastern Dance Expo, No. 24 (August 9, 2022)

Households and Affiliated Groups

Opera dell'Est

Clan Straquhin

Guild of the Outstretched Hand

Osmanlı Mehter Takımı (Janissary Band)

Awards and Recognition

Recognized with a Token of Inspiration during Ethereal Court by Queen Margarita, June 13, 2020

Awarded a Golden Lyre at the East Kingdom Bardic Championships by the Royal Consuls, Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock, April 24, 2021

Granted a Silver Brooch and Award of Arms by the Royal Consuls, Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock, at Bjorn's Retreat, August 14, 2021

Inducted to the Order of the Sea Dog by Their Excellencies Suuder Il-Khan and Lada Il-Khatun of Østgarðr, August, 11, 2022, at Pennsic 49.

In Case of Court

In case of court, please notify Berakha via email at 214469@members.eastkingdom.org, or message their personal Facebook. Advanced notice is strongly preferred over surprise, and she is usually available at weekend-long/multi-day events. Her persona is female, but gender-neutral language is also welcome. If relevant for any awards or scrolls, she would greatly enjoy Hebrew or Aramaic as the language of choice, but otherwise English (or any other language) is also well and excellent. Please note, that while languages and runes and alphabets of all sorts are well and excellent, hack-hands are to be wholly avoided. If possible, she would prefer for any awards or scrolls to be awarded in-person.