"Horowitz provides the most complete account to date of one of the most important organizations in the history of Russian Jewry, setting a confused and in many respects incorrect record straight."
-James West, University of Washington
"Horowitz successfully challenges this judgment [OPE symbolic of Jews' powerlessness] in an intellectual history of an ideologically inclusive philanthropic agenda that attempted to carve out a viable space in the public sphere for Russia's Jews while protecting communal identity. . ."
"This is a thoroughly researched and thought-provoking study of one of the central Jewish organizations in imperial Russia, the Society for the Promotion of Enlightenment among the Jews of Russia (OPE). . . . Horowitz's challenge to the liberalism-nationalism dichotomy in the study (and construction) of East European Jewry represents one of the book's most important contributions. Horowitz skillfully integrates a large amount of new archival materials with literature from a variety of fields to create a well-crafted, convincing study of educational reform, political resistance, and cultural renewal in the final decades of imperial rule."
-Religious Studies Review
"Horowitz's book makes an important contribution to the historiography of Russian Jewry and to the history of modern Jewry more generally. . . . The book is well written, well organized, and quite informative. It will remain an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the modern history of Russian Jewry."
"I recommend one to read the book, Jewish Philanthropy and Enlightenment in Late-Tsarist Russia. . . . The core concerns the enlightenment society that played a substantial role in Russian-Jewish life. . . . More important is Horowitz's description of the return to Yiddish that was characteristic of the activities from the enlightenment society at the beginning of the twentieth century. . ."
"This study is a welcome addition to the literature on the formation of the Russian-Jewish community and the development of its modern leadership in the second half of the nineteenth century."
"The subject matter is thoroughly researched, with abundant archival material. Turbulent eras in both Russian and Jewish history converge during this span of approximately 50 years, from the period of the liberal policies of Tsar Alexander II to the 1917 revolution . . . . This book belongs in libraries with Jewish studies collections."
-Association of Jewish Libraries
"This volume offers a model for individuals and institutions trying to retain a strong Jewish identity while fully integrating into modern society."