Nina was born in Tübingen, a university town in southern Germany, and grew up in a city nearby. At 21, she moved to Berlin where she studied Spanish, Portuguese and business administration. Nina spent several months abroad, namely in Brazil, Argentina, and Israel, to improve her language skills and gain international experience. Studying Hebrew in Berlin, Nina met Dekel, an Israeli living in the city, and the two are now married. Together, they deepened their connection with Jewish culture and religion. Nina converted to Judaism in 2011. Nina and Dekel wanted to do something about the consistently empty seats at their Berlin synagogue, Fraenkelufer. They organized a Shabbat meal at the synagogue on a shoestring and with few supporters. Almost 80 people came, proving the Field of Dreams philosophy correct: If you build it, they will come. This was the starting point for Friends of Fraenkelufer (FdF), a grassroots movement that has become an influential force for good in Berlin and its Jewish community. Nina started a Facebook group that today has more than 1000 members and a public Page with over 1000 followers. The FdF team organizes monthly community kiddushim, children programming for Shabbat and holidays, weekly shiurim and much more. In January 2015, Friends of Fraenkelufer was founded as an official nonprofit, and Nina was elected chairperson. Today, the synagogue is one of the most active and best known in Berlin, attracting a diversity of congregants, partners and supporters. All of this is achieved with volunteer work.