Nelson

Posted by jyuhasz
Object id: 
L.08278

Colour photograph depicts Bill Libby at a curling competition in Nelson, BC. 

Date: 
July 1986
Source: 
Libby Family
Posted by jyuhasz
Object id: 
L.00117

Stage coach being pulled by four horses.  Several men on coach.  Large gate with the banner "July 1st, 1911, Gateway, Grand Prarie - Peace River Dist." 
Clothing Boot & Shoes, Spaner Bros Prop.  

Date: 
[ca. 1911]
Posted by jyuhasz
Object id: 
L.00039

Jack and Martha (Heppner) Walker, proprietors.      

Date: 
[1910]


Max Davis in his living room in Nelson
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Helen Pengelly in her living room in Nelson
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Posted by jyuhasz
 
 
 
 
 
HP:        So, it wasn’t until I was here [Nelson, BC] and living in what I would have to call ‘Jewish isolation’ that I suddenly started to really feel the need for more community.
 
RT:        Was this before or after your boys were born?
 
HP:        Before. And so I started doing things. Like when we would go to visit my parents in Calgary, I would go to shul. I would sort of sneak off by myself on a Saturday morning and go to shul because I felt so isolated here that I actually felt a need to do that when it was available to me to do. And that may have also been because I was working at a church. I don’t know, you know. I was pretty heavily steeped in Christianity and feeling kind of foreign.
 
And, then, it would be the year that...Our son was born in May 1994, and sometime after that, and while he was still very small, somebody called a meeting by putting an ad in the paper. They rented the Elks Hall and put an ad in the paper saying that there was going to be a community Shabbat meal and a meeting of the Jewish community and please come if you were interested.
 
So, by that time I knew several people who were Jewish. By that time I had also, I had organized a Rosh Hashanah party the year before, you know. There was a guy downtown who owned a restaurant who was Jewish and I kind of bullied him into doin’ it at his restaurant.
 
RT:         Was that Krieger?
 
HP:         Yeah. With the Japanese restaurant?
 
RT:         Yeah.
 
HP:        Yeah, yeah. So, I had just kind of bugged him and bugged him and bugged him until he did it. Right. And I was so surprised.
 
RT:         Did lots of people come?
 
HP:         Lots of people came and most of them weren’t anybody I had expected. [Laughs]. And I met all kinds of people I had never heard of and the place was packed.

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RT:        We were talking about how a group of Jewish people in Nelson formed a cultural association and had an alliance with Canadian Jewish Congress, who helped them in various ways. What were some of the things that happened with Congress’ help?
 
MD:      Well, my particular interest was in the cultural part of it because of the diversity of the Jewish types. I, being quite interested in the Yiddish language, but unable to share much of it because of lack of Jewish speaking people and the—so my interest was the cultural part, the having seders and holidays. And we began to celebrate them in a non-religious way. And so occasionally we’d rent space in a church or community centre and have, you know, potluck and so on. And then there would be some emphasis on the Jewish particular holiday.
 
The most recent one was I think around less than a year ago. We were able to get maybe twenty, thirty people together for a holiday celebration and at that time my, one of my youngest grandchildren was studying music, the violin, and David Feldman came along with his band of—he was trying to start a klezmer band—and my grandson got very enthusiastic. He was only, like, thirteen or younger, and picked it up very,very well (laughs).

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               RT:        Can you recall what was done on High Holidays?
 
               BD:        Yeah I do, I have very, very special memories of Leo Levey being our patriarch and taking charge of the, I think we used the Eagles Hall or one of the service club halls, and it was just as it is for any child, a special time to get dressed up with your parents and meet with everyone else and children ran in and out like they do at shul in Vancouver. And we did the whole thing and we’d occasionally have the rabbi come from Spokane to help us.                                                      
 
RT:         And Pesach?
 
BD:        Always had a seder, always, always.
 
RT:         At your own home?
 
BD:        Yeah, I think my Mum and Dad put on seders but I just remember that we always had the full thing and it was done a lot more seriously I think than it is in this day and age, it just seemed like a long ordeal.
 
RT:         With other families?
 
BD:        Oh yeah, we always made sure that, you know, I think we just had so many families per home but no one was alone for sure.

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Posted by jyuhasz
Object id: 
LF.04152

Black and white image of Mount St. Francis Hospital, a two storey concrete building with partially exposed basement level and forested hillside in background. Photo caption continues, "Highly specialized millwork, meeting rigid government specifications, including kitchens, wards, operating theatres, etc."

Date: 
[1955]
Source: 
Landauer, Barbara
Posted by Anonymous
Object id: 
L.12655

Colour photograph showing Peter Clement, Holden Richmond and a Torah.

Date: 
2005
Source: 
Tessler, Ronnie