A Big Welcome to Two New Members!

sheila-imgMeet our New Executive Director

As a newcomer to the Louis Brier Jewish Aged Foundation, I have been so very pleased to meet the staff, caregivers, volunteers and, of course, residents of Louis Brier and the Weinberg Residence.

In the short time I have been here, I have been inspired and very motivated to support the Foundation’s mission of outreach. The Foundation – its Board and dedicated community of donors – provides essential funding that enhances the lives of our residents in a traditional Jewish environment.

In this monthly update, I will share stories of our residents and donors while also offering updates on the latest news from the Foundation.

I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Sheila Kern
Executive Director
(604) 261-5909


chaplain-rob-menesWhat Brings You Joy?

What brings joy to your life? What gives you strength in times of loss or pain? For many of us, it is a spiritual connection which gives us a heightened sense of the beauty of life, and the ability to carry on through our darkest moments. I hope to bring that spiritual connection to the Louis Brier Home and Hospital and continue its tradition of creating a healthy, caring and quality environment. I am Rob Menes, the new chaplain for the Snider Campus.

I hope to bring my training as a cantor, my experience as an executive director, and my background as an engineer to everyone at the campus as a resource for that spiritual connection.

While I’m coming from Pittsburgh, I lived in British Columbia for over 20 years and, as an agricultural engineer, was the Director of Resource Policy for the Ministry of Agriculture. After our kids – Kyle and Vanessa – went off to college, my wife, Margot and I decided to go to New York where I studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary, to be a cantor and Margot received her Masters in Jewish Education. From New York, we traveled to Kansas City, then Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh. Now, it’s time to come home.

The Jewish tradition is rich in its many ways to approach the eternal, but it is also broad enough to accept that it is not the only way to find meaning in our lives. Regardless of your faith tradition, let’s work together with compassion and professionalism, to find meaning and joy in conversation, in song, in prayer, and in ritual. It’s great to be part of one of the brightest and most respected care facilities in Vancouver!

Chaplain Rob Menes


Support our Chaplaincy Fund

We rely on the generosity of our donors to provide the necessary funds to support Chaplain Menes’ role at Louis Brier and the Weinberg Residence. Please, consider designating a gift to the Chaplaincy Fund and help us keep our new Chaplain for many years to come.


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