Dasee Berkowitz

Dasee Berkowitz is a contributing writer to JTA.

What Does "Next Year in Jerusalem" Really Mean?

Dasee Berkowitz
April 6, 2020
I am always struck when Israelis, especially Jerusalemites, say “Next year in Jerusalem” with the same intention as their Diaspora brethren. Jerusalem surely cannot only represent a physical destination. It must represent more: an ideal, a hope, a possibility.

Considering "Next Year in Jerusalem"

Dasee Berkowitz
March 17, 2014

On a recent trip to Jerusalem, my son decided that his favorite color was gold. Whenever he’s asked why, he replies with a wry smile befitting a 5-year-old.

“Jerusalem is the city of gold, of course,” he says.

When we told him our family was moving to