Isadore Sharp, Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels, donates $1M to Toronto Shul
On Dec. 3, Shaarei Shomayim Congregation will celebrate the success of its year-long capital campaign – called “Retire Rebuild Renew” – at a gala dinner with keynote speaker Isadore (Issy) Sharp.
Isadore and Rosalie Sharp and family have donated $1 million to the campaign, which has exceeded its original $1.5-million goal and raised close to $4 million, allowing it to undertake a major renovation. At the dinner, the main sanctuary will be dedicated in memory of Isadore’s parents, Max and Lil Sharp.
Isadore Sharp, founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and his wife, Rosalie, are prominent Canadian philanthropists who have received numerous awards for their contributions to the community.
“The Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue has always been an important part of my parents’ life,” he said. “They were instrumental in helping the synagogue to grow from the first basement-only building on St. Clair Avenue to become one of the largest Orthodox synagogues in North America. It is a privilege to have this opportunity to honour them in such a meaningful way.”
The modern Orthodox shul was established in 1928 at 563 Christie St. It moved to 840 St. Clair Ave. W. in 1937 and acquired its present location at 470 Glencairn Ave. in 1966.