Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971 and who writes regularly in the Jerusalem Post and to her mailing list about Israel and Jewish issues.
With her newest novel, The Sisters Weiss, Naomi continues her ground-breaking exploration of women in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world she began in 1989 with Jephte's Daughter, followed by Sotah and The Sacrifice of Tamar.
An Orthodox woman, feminist and iconoclast, Naomi is a tireless advocate for women's rights in Israel, waging a relentless campaign against domestic abuse and bias in rabbinical courts, as well as a successful Supreme Court case against gender segregation on Israeli buses.
Naomi is a sought-after lecturer all over the world, and her fall 2014 lecture schedule in the US and Canada is quickly filling up. If your group is interested in hosting Naomi, please click here.
The latest craze - modesty glasses for Orthodox Jewish men so they won't be able to see women.
I Am Not Sitting in the Back of the Bus - Why, together with other women, I filed suit to put an end to the primitive and degrading gender-segregated bus lines now popping up all over Israel.Read my original article about how I was attacked by a religious fanatic because I refused to move to the back (the "women's section") of a Jerusalem bus. Read about an American woman beaten because she refused to move to the back of a Jerusalem bus. Read my article explaining why segregated buses are just the latest crazy idea of fanatics with too much free time on their hands. Read about haredi women who want to sit with their families and don't want to be forced to crowd together in the back of the bus. Israel Bus Rule Sparks Religious Row - How the liberal western media perceive all this fanaticism.
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12-20 November 2014 - Naomi lectured to SRO crowds at the Windsor Writer’s Conference in Windsor, ON as well as in Detroit, Toronto and Winnipeg.
7 October 2014 - Naomi's latest novel, The Sisters Weiss, is published in paperback. It's the story of two sisters from an ultra-Orthodox family in 1950s Brooklyn who take very different paths, and then find their lives unexpectedly intersecting again forty years later. To order the book from Amazon, click the book cover above.
8-17 August 2014 - Naomi was the scholar-in-residence on Kosherica's Kosher Baltic Cruise aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines Star. The 9 night cruise visited Copenhagen, Rostock, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Stockholm.
8-9 May 2014 - Naomi took part in a panel discussion on women in Israel, together with Fiamma Nirenstein and Elena Loewenthal, at the Salone Internazionale del Libro 2014 in Turin, Italy.
December 2013 - Watch an interview (in French) with Naomi about her struggle against the haredi war on women in Israel.
Watch an interview (in French) with Naomi about Le Serment.
December 2013 - Naomi visited Île-de-France to promote her new book Le serment (the French translation of The Covenant).
November 2013 - The Covenant was published in French as Le serment.
November 2013 - Watch an interview with Naomi by Sharon Mor of Shaulina Productions about Naomi's new book The Sisters Weiss in Hebrew or in English.
6 November 2013 - Israel's Supreme Court reversed the District Court's decision against Naomi in the Shapiro case and ordered Shapiro to return the money she was awarded. Naomi agreed that the money be donated to charity.
October-November 2013 - Naomi toured the US, visiting twelve US cities and speaking about her new book, The Sisters Weiss.
October 2013 - The Sisters Weiss, was published. Read an article about it in the San Diego Jewish World.
August 2013 - Chains Around the Grass was published in an Amazon Kindle edition.
July 2013 - An interview with Naomi about her trips to Spain to research her best-selling The Ghost of Hannah Mendes was featured in Jewish Travel.
December 2012 - Naomi's play Women's Minyan was performed by the West Boca Theatre Company at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton, Florida.
18 November 2012 - Naomi participated in the Salon du livre de la Communauté de Neuilly-sur-Seine at the Hôtel Marriott in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
17 November 2012 - Naomi spoke at an evening organised for Emounah-Boulogne at the Synagogue de Boulogne in Boulogne, France.
11 November 2012 - Naomi participated in the Salon des Écrivains du B'nai B'rith at the Mairie du 16ème in Paris, France.
5 November 2012 - Naomi spoke at the Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue in London, England.
15 March 2012 - Sotah was published in Italian as L'amora proibito. Read a review (in Italian).
March 2012 - Jephte's Daughter was published in an Italian paperback edition, as Una moglie a Gerusalemme.
October 2011 - The Ghost of Hannah Mendes was published in French as Le Fantôme de Dona Gracia Mendes. Read a review (in French).
October 2011 - The Tenth Song was published in paperback.
May 2011 - Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh directed a staged reading of Women's Minyan at New York's Westside Theater. The reading was produced by One Circle Productions, in partnership with Safe Horizon. the reading. Watch an interview with Naomi and Tovah Feldshuh.
April 2011 - The Tenth Song was published in Hebrew, as השיר העשירי.
January 2011 - Israel Supreme Court declared gender segregation on buses illegal, but said women may continue to "voluntarily" move to the back of the bus.
January 2011 - Jephte's Daughter was published in Italian, as Una moglie a Gerusalemme.
October 2010 - The Tenth Song was published.