Sep 09, 2014
By Michael Kramer
The old McLaughlin Planetarium site in Toronto will soon be home to a mega cultural complex.
It will include a new Jewish Museum of Canada, backed through a partnership with a group of philanthropic families led by Isadore and Rosalie Wise Sharp, with the help of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto.
In addition, The University of Toronto intends to create a new 250 seat performance hall for the Faculty of Music and house the Institute of Islamic Studies and several other university departments, including history and Middle Eastern civilizations.
There is a fundraising target of $150 million dollars to create the museum at 90 Queens Park Crescent. The Sharps are looking for partners. They want to be one of a group of up to seven founding families, with each family contributing $20 million dollars.
Rosalie Sharp has been exploring the possibility for years.
She says the museum will tell the Jewish story from the beginning, record the Holocaust, celebrate Jewish contributions to the world and engage the young.