Judith bas Rabbi Mendel

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Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel
Resides: Barony of Settmour Swamp
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
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Currently residing in the Barony of Settmour Swamp, Mistress Judith has been part of the SCA since 2003, and when attending an event, is most at home when working in the kitchen. She enjoys baking, sewing, and researching interesting corners of Jewish life in northern and central Europe.


As the only surviving child of the esteemed Rabbi Mendel ben Shlomo (may he be remembered for a blessing), Mistress Judith studied Talmud with him from an early age and ultimately inherited his baking business. She currently manages the bakery and her husband's household, and continues the studies that she began with her father as time allows. When traveling in England, she uses the name Katherine de Staverton to avoid persecution.

Offices & Positions

  • Seneschal, Barony of Settmour Swamp (12/2016-present)
  • Deputy Minister of Arts and Sciences, Barony of Settmour Swamp (9/2010-12/2016)
  • Arts and Sciences Champion, Barony of Settmour Swamp (10/2013-2015, 2019-present)

Event Staff

  • Head Gatekeeper, Quest XXXII (May 2016)
  • Event Steward, Medieval Seder (May 2012)
  • Event Steward, Quest XXVIII, (May 2011)
  • Cooking staff at numerous events
  • Ran baronial annual bread baking contest at Mudthaw (2010-2015)
  • Setup and take down at numerous events
  • Taught numerous classes on Jewish cooking and related subjects at various local and Kingdom events, demos, and Pennsic War

Projects & Publications

  • Preserved fruits for a medieval seder dessert (2017-2018)
  • Paper presented at International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England, on the evolution of Medieval Ashkenazi Passover Foods (2016)
  • Medieval gefilte fish (2016)
  • Medieval brioche (2016)
  • Presentation on Medieval Passover foods to Historic Foodways Society of the Deleware Valley (2014)
  • Raisin wine (2013-present)
  • Medieval matzah (2011-present)
  • Medieval Passover foods (2010-present)
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Awards in a Time of Quarantine

Tokens are fine if awarded at etherial court. With more major awards I'd prefer to wait until court can be attended in person.


Formerly protégé to Maîtresse Jehannine de Flandres

Preferred titles and pronouns

I prefer "Mistress Judith."

Please use standard English feminine pronouns (she/her/hers).