Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. Naomi has written for the Jerusalem Post and other publications in Israel and abroad, as well as to her mailing list, about Israel and Jewish issues.

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Naomi's tenth novel The Devil in Jerusalem has been chosen by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency as the number one Jewish book of the season.
The story - inspired by true events - is a chilling tale of the paths that so easily lead us astray, and the darkness within us all. “שטן
Click the book’s cover to learn more.

Watch Valérie Abécasis' interview with Naomi on French Channel 24's Culture program. The interview (in French) begins at the 4:00 minute mark.

Naomi has published ten internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play (Women's Minyan) that has been performed more than 500 times in Israel's National Theatre (Habimah) as well as in the United States and Argentina.
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.
With her tenth novel, The Devil in Jerusalem, 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.
Naomi is a sought-after lecturer all over the world. If your group is interested in hosting Naomi, please click here.

Nic Nie MówMay 2017 – The Polish translation of Devil in Jerusalem is published as Nic Nie Mów.

April 2017 – Naomi speaks about her books at the Ivan M. Stettenham Library at the Streicker Centre in New York City.

March 2017 – Naomi tours the Paris region to speak about her new book Les Soeurs Weiss, the French translation of The Sisters Weiss.

January 2017 – Naomi is interviewed by Valérie Abécasis on French Channel 24‘s Culture program. The interview (in French) begins at the 4:00 minute mark.

“LesDecember 2016Les Soeurs Weiss, the French translation of The Sisters Weiss, is published.

October 2016The Devil in Jerusalem is published in paperback.

November 2015 – The Jewish Telegraphic Agency puts The Devil in Jerusalem at the top of its list of the best Jewish books of the season.

November 2015 – Naomi lectured in Newton (MA), Boca Raton (FL), Miami (FL), St. Louis (MO), New York City, Atlanta (GA), Cherry Hill (NJ) and Santa Fe (NM).

“שטןAugust 2015 – Naomi’s new book, שטן בירושלים, a translation of The Devil in Jerusalem, is published.

Le Dixieme Chant8-19 March 2015 – Naomi toured France and Switzerland, speaking to her readers in Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg and Geneva about her new French book, Le Dixieme Chant, a translation of The Tenth Song.

12-20 November 2014 – Naomi lectured at the Windsor Writer’s Conference in Windsor, ON as well as in Detroit, Toronto and Winnipeg.

The Sisters Weiss7 October 2014
Naomi’s ninth novel, The Sisters Weiss, was 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.

Salone Internazionale del Libro
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).

Sotah 15 March 2012 - Sotah was published in Italian as L'amora proibito. Read a review (in Italian).

Jephte's Daughter March 2012 - Jephte's Daughter was published in an Italian paperback edition, as Una moglie a Gerusalemme.

Le Fantôme de Dona Gracia Mendes October 2011 - The Ghost of Hannah Mendes was published in French as Le Fantôme de Dona Gracia Mendes. Read a review (in French).

The Tenth Song 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.

Watch the reading. Watch an interview with Naomi and Tovah Feldshuh.

Le serment 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 Sarah 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.
The Sisters Weiss October 2013 - Naomi's ninth novel, The Sisters Weiss, was published. Read an article about it in the San Diego Jewish World.
Chains Around the Grass 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.
November 2012 - Naomi visited Île-de-France speaking about her books.
5 November 2012 - Naomi spoke at the Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue in London, England.


Protest Anti-Israeli Bias at the Jerusalem US Consulate

Since the publication of An American in Israel in Friday’s Jerusalem Post, I’ve been inundated by people anxious to know whom to contact to protest the anti-Semitic an anti-Israel behavior of the US Consulate in Jerusalem.

This is what I suggest:

  1. Forward a copy of my article to friends and mailing list and your Facebook page. You can find sharing buttons at the bottom of the article.
    Forward a copy to both US Senators and Congressmen expressing your outrage, and demanding a change in the Jerusalem Consulate that reflects American values, not pro-Palestinian bias.
    You can find US senator contact information here. For House members, click here.
  2. You can also call the Jerusalem Consulate at  (international dialing code) 972 2 622 7250. Keep in mind that Israel time is 7 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time (for example, if it’s noon in Boston, it’s 7PM in Israel).
    Say you wish to register a complaint about the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel bias at the Consulate, which is supposed to serve all American citizens in Jerusalem and the West Bank.  Ask why are there no Consular cultural activities in West Jerusalem for Jewish Americans? Why is there no Hebrew Facebook page? Ask for justice for Eliana Aaron.
  3. John Kerry is the new Secretary of State. Contact him at the State Department:
    Phone: (202) 647-4000
    Fax: (202) 647-2283
    Address: 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20520
    You can also send a letter to Deputy Assistant Secretary Jim D. Pettit, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Services at the same address.

Let’s work together to make the American Consulate in Jerusalem a true outpost of American values of equality, fair play, and religious tolerance, not State Department Israel-haters.

Thanks for your help. It’s invaluable, as always.

5 comments to Protest Anti-Israeli Bias at the Jerusalem US Consulate

  • DaveA

    I am very sad and deeply disappointed to report that as I click these lines, my protests to and demand for action by my Congressman, Senators and the State Dept. have not been answered. It appears that no one wants to touch this “hot potato.”

    Maybe someone else will fare better?

  • Ester

    Dear Naomi, I am a Canadian RN who made aliyah in 1963.I worked at Haddassah Hospital and Kupat Cholim as a public health nurse when I first arrived. When my family came, I was employed part-time at an American facility. I was appalled at the Anti-Semitic remarks that fell upon my ears. At the time, I asked myself, “What am I doing here? I came to serve my people.” I left my native country to avoid being a second-class citizen. This took place long before the Obama era. It is well known, that in Roosevelt times, the State Department was Anti-Semitic.The ship “Enterprise” was refused entry and most of its passengers died in Nazi Europe. Despite US Jewry enjoying a golden era, Anti-Semitism still thrives. When Eliana finishes her doctorate, if she knows Hebrew, she could easily find her place in Academia or in a School of Nursing.What a waste of energy to try to be re-instated in her old job.In any case, she would be over qualified!

  • Media Eye UK

    The USA still maintains a building in Rechov Agron in the centre of Jerusalem and it uses designated parking areas which are closed off to Jews as well as parking their numerous vehicles in the adjacent side streets near the YMCA. But the consulate building is now in Arnona – a purpose built large complex – so why are they still operating from the old consulate building secured by uniformed Arab guards – one guess.

    It is a major US spy station on all communications that take place in Jerusalem in its vicinity – what is there? – none other than the PM’s official residence!!!!!!!!

  • yaacov daniel

    outrageous, our government in bed with anti-jewish, anti-americans!

  • Carolyn

    This is outrageous, Naomi. Why hasn’t this been made public before , especially, when there were more friendly Administrations in power? There is oversight of the State Department in the House and Senate . Each, or both,
    can do an investigation, and use leverage to change it. There are far too many American corporations in Israel to deny the importance of Israel to our National Interest. Find out the chairman of each. Possibly, one, or two, of these CEO’s , or significant holders of stock, can be enlisted to help. Frankly, I am surprised by Jim Cunningham, who was a true friend for a long time. Something is, and has been, very wrong with this situation. Who is in back of this strategy and the tactics used against Eliana Aaron? He/she, they, should all be prosecuted and given the appropriate punishment. That must be determined along with any monies that may be behind it and the entire situation. It needs a thorough housecleaning. Isn’t there one investigative reporter who can unearth the situation?
    What is happening with other countries’ embassies and consulates? Israel has got to recognize its own importance to the US and the EU countries as well as those in the East. Maybe, if the internal wrangling can
    be brought under control, and they work together before it is too late, much more can be accomplished in regards to the US , etc.. Israel needs a strategy and co-ordinated campaigns that don’t promote aberrant behavior but what is positive , creative, productive, and important to Western Civilization.
    Israeli leaders must understand they first have to protect and secure their own citizens, who are Jews.
    Reading your piece, is similar to a redux of the viciously anti-Semitic British Administration serving under the Mandate.
    I don’t know, how much good it will be to contact Kerry, in truth.