Arek was born and raised in Lodz, Poland, where he also studied classical philology and art history at the local university. After graduation he worked as a journalist for several web portals; writing reviews, conducting interviews, and organizing photo walks and photo essays of important local architectural gems in danger of being torn down. In 2009 he took a more corporate path, working on communications for mBank, one of Poland’s leading financial institutions. During his eight years at mBank he focused on creating more efficient communication tools. For example, he was was part of the team that created a system to enable people with sight or hearing related disabilities to communicate more effectively with bank employees. The system was so successful that it won awards by several Polish and international institutions. At the end of 2016 Arek embarked on a very different path, this time focusing on his Jewish heritage and on Jewish community activities. Arek is currently pursuing a B.A. at the Institut für Jüdische Studien und Religionswissenschaft Potsdam, Germany , after beginning his Jewish studies at the University of Wroclaw. Arek is especially interested in the issue of food of the Jewish Diaspora from 1920-1930, because he believes that food brings people together and creates a unique shared platform for understanding. Since becoming an active member of the Jewish community Arek has taken part and organized various gatherings, workshops and actvities that connect between people of different backgrounds and different religions.