Callis, Beth Joy
Nelson has long been home to Jews who are not attracted to conventional expressions of Judaism. A number of these people came together circa 1975-1980 to celebrate holidays such as Purim and Passover in their own way. Stalwarts of this early group were Max and Felice Davis, joined later by Lily Rosenberg.
Since the late 1980s, the community has met off and on as a group. To date, there are between 80-100 Jews in the area. When celebrating holidays or Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath), they meet in a rented community hall. Beth Joy Callis is one of two children who have had bar/bat mitzvahs in Nelson, BC.