Dekel Peretz was born in Israel and has lived in Berlin for almost twenty years. He is chairman of the association Jüdisches Zentrum Synagoge Fraenkelufer. This promotes the reconstruction of the destroyed main hall of the Fraenkelufer Synagogue as a community and cultural center. He is also the founder of Eruv Hub, Germany’s first coworking space for Jewish nonprofit organizations and initiatives, and LABA Berlin, an artist fellowship program that combines the study of Jewish texts with artistic production.
In addition, Dekel Peretz is a research associate at the Max Weber Institute for Sociology at the University of Heidelberg and a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He received his doctorate from the University of Potsdam and the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies. His dissertation will be published in late 2021 with the title “Zionism and Cosmopolitanism: Franz Oppenheimer and the Dream of a Jewish Future in Germany and Palestine.” His current research focuses on Jewish-Muslim encounters in Berlin as part of the international research project “Muslim-Jewish Encounter, Diversity & Distance in Urban Europe: Religion, Culture and Social Model.”