Alexandra Mandelbaum is a fellow in the fourth cohort of Maskilot. She is writing her dissertation in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University. Her research focuses on Braslav Hasidism and conceptual fluctuations within Jewish society. Over the years she has been involved in leading projects in the field of Jewish-Israeli culture. As part of the “Cultural Brigade,” Alexandra wrote and produced two plays that dealt with Russian-Israeli identity.