Esther Levy-Chehebar is a Brooklyn-based writer. She is currently at work on a novel loosely inspired by her Syrian Jewish upbringing.

The Bangles

These gold bracelets have long been popular among Syrian Jewish girls. But their meaning has changed over the generations.


Business Booms for Sephardic Food

Women are leading the way as small businesses bring traditional recipes to the commercial marketplace


The Pilgrimage to Aruba

For Brooklyn’s Syrian Jews, an annual trip to the Caribbean island has become a family tradition


The Superstitious Pregnancy in the Age of Social Media

‘The day I see Syrian Jews doing gender reveals on Instagram—I’ll know it’s over!’


Who’s Jane?

Behind the scenes at every Syrian Jewish wedding in Brooklyn, one woman pulls the strings


The Taste of My Grandfather’s Youth

How I learned to make ‘foul medemes,’ a fava bean-based dish he ate growing up in Cairo

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