Central European University offers a Jewish Studies specialization covering the wide expanse of Jewish culture, society and history, with a special emphasis on the ramified Jewish experience in Central and Eastern Europe from early modern times to the present.  The specialization, which was established at CEU in the euphoric years after the fall of Communism, has played an important role in revitalizing Jewish Studies in a region where this field of study had long been neglected or considered taboo. It attracts students, faculty and visiting lecturers from across the globe, who enjoy the open, international atmosphere of the university and benefit from the unique research opportunities in the region.