“Montreal’s best-known Jewish neighbourhood of the last century comprises a major part of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough, so it is no surprise that the Dictionnaire historique du Plateau Mont-Royal includes a great deal of information on Jewish contributions. It covers synagogues and socialists, poets and politicians, sweat shops and schools. Little-known facts about well-known aspects, such as the arrival of smoked meat—from Romania in 1884—are combined with fascinating archival photographs of now-destroyed shuls and full-colour reproductions of the paintings of Borenstein, Bercovitch and Beder. Although the majority of the dictionary’s authors are francophone, they offer an even-handed sensibility to the life and times of the Jewish minority. They have penned appreciative and well-rounded articles on writer Mordecai Richler, Communist MP Fred Rose and the Hasidic community. Distinctions between Uptowners andDowntowners, the Jewish People’s Schools and United Talmud Torahs, the Arbeter Ring and UJPO are explained succinctly and clearly. The book will be in librairies on August 30th.”