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Author Mordecai Richler set most of his books in the working-class Jewish neighborhood of St-Urbain of the 1940s and 1950s (his most famous book is The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz). The Bagg Street Shul, also called Temple Solomon or Congregation Beth Shloime, is the heart of this neighborhood and one of the last signs of the Plateau's long history as a Jewish enclave. A replica of the old eastern European synagogues of Poland and Ukraine, its interior features robin's-egg-blue walls and paintings of the 12 zodiac signs, labeled in Hebrew, unique for an orthodox shul. It's the city's oldest synagogue in continuous use, and despite financial challenges, it presses on with a volunteer leadership and a small, dedicated membership.