Shai Afsai lives in Providence. His recent research has focused on Zionist historiography, the religious traditions of the Beta Yisrael Jewish community from Ethiopia, Judaism in Nigeria, Benjamin Franklin in Jewish thought, aliyah to Israel from Rhode Island, and Jewish pilgrimage to Ukraine. His articles have been published in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Rhode Island History, Reform Jewish Quarterly, Journal of the American Revolution, and Anthropology Today. He was awarded the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association’s 2013 Horvitz Award for his earlier work on Jews and Freemasonry.
The Online Review of Rhode Island History has been formed to promote the state's wonderful history. We intend to offer a variety of articles intended for a popular audience, but with an eye for accuracy over legend. We hope to make the state’s history interesting and fun, and eventually create an impressive archive of articles for both readers and researchers. We want to publish articles on narrative history, but also want to cover newly-published books on Rhode Island history, as well as Rhode Island history sites, artifacts, architecture, and historic preservation.