The first communities were established in Ghent in the thirteenth century. After the Jews’ expulsion, there was no trace of a Jewish presence until the eighteenth century. The reputation of Ghent’s university attracted many Romanian and Russian Jews, who formed the famous “generation of engineers”. During World War II, the solidarity of their non-Jewish fellow citizens helped save 125 of the the city’s 200 Jews. Today’s Jewish community comprises some twenty families. The municipal authorities have granted their request to name a street after Michaël Lustig, the local rabbi who died during the war.