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  • Deal or no deal? A busy road ahead for Congress

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    The region’s Democratic Congressmen are speaking out about the Iran nuclear deal forged by a Democratic president — with reservation.

    Speaking to the Journal hours after the landmark deal was announced on July 14, Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)...

  • Jewish community reacts to Iran nuclear deal

    April 2, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    The Jewish community in Los Angeles and nationwide reacted Thursday to the news that the framework of an initial deal on limiting Iran’s nuclear program had been set:

    Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Los Angeles):

    “The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has embraced the...

  • Congressman Sherman’s reaction to Netanyahu speech

    March 3, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a selected member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s escort Committee, released the following statement after Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to a joint meeting of...

  • Why not support President Obama?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 25, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Why should I, a liberal in the bluest of cities in California, the bluest of states — where President Barack Obama now has a 57 percent approval rating — be subject to the whims of the pro-Republican prime minister of Israel? 

    And why should I or anyone else listen to Prime...

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  • Some Democrats accede to Netanyahu and Boehner

    February 19, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    Most of the outspoken supporters of Israel among Los Angeles’ congressional representatives will attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech on Iranian nuclear capabilities before a joint session of Congress — but not without first expressing their displeasure with...

  • The Jewish community remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    [Do you have a photo or memory of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis you'd like to share? Send an email here.]


    An excerpt from the eulogy of Janice Kaminer-Reznik, president and co-founder with Rabbi Schulweis of Jewish World Watch:

    Of all of the visits and conversations I have had...

  • Amid declining Jewish caucus in Congress, rising concerns over communal influence

    September 9, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    From 31 in 2009 to a likely 19 in January, the unofficial Jewish caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives is shrinking fast.

    Jewish lawmakers have traditionally been the first stop for Jewish lobbyists seeking inroads for their issues, including Israel, preserving the social...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 27, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Dikla Kadosh has been appointed to the top leadership position of the Los Angeles chapter of the Israeli-American Council (IAC). Effective Aug. 25, Kadosh will succeed the IAC’s new national CEO, Sagi Balasha, as the L.A. regional director.

    The IAC, a national organization with...

  • Iran Deal is less than perfect, but is it good enough?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 25, 2013 | 10:00 am

    The interim deal (PDF) signed in Geneva early Sunday morning gives Iran some relief from international sanctions in exchange for the Islamic Republic’s halting some nuclear development activities and rolling back others.

    Politicians, analysts and others from around the world –...

  • Bipartisan Group in Congress asks Treasury Dept. to recall workers overseeing Iran sanctions

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 11, 2013 | 8:48 pm

    For the first time since most of the federal government shut down on Oct. 1, there appeared to be some hope on Capitol Hill on Friday that Congressional Republicans and President Obama could come to a compromise that will allow the federal government to be reopened, possibly in the...

  • Chabad Telethon raises $3M

    By Ryan Torok

    August 28, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    As he danced with a group of Chabadniks, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) swung his body around in circles so jubilantly that his kippah fell off. When one of the others placed it back on Sherman’s head, the congressman grinned. 

    “Now I know why you wear hats,” he said,...

  • House appropriators approve $2 million of U.S.-Israel energy cooperation

    July 12, 2013 | 10:42 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee allotted $2 million for U.S.-Israel energy cooperation in the fiscal year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

    The money in the bill the committee approved Wednesday is the latest such appropriation under the 2007...

  • The battle brewing over Sen. Boxer’s Israel visa bill

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 22, 2013 | 11:41 am

    In March, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D – CA) introduced a bill that would allow Israelis to enter the United States without first applying for a visa. The measure would, its backers say, help improve the business ties between the U.S. and Israel and encourage more Israeli tourists to come...

  • Congressmen call on Abbas to fire official who glorified terrorist

    May 16, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    A bipartisan group of congressmen condemned comments made by a Palestinian Fatah official in support of the murderer of an Israeli father of five.

    The letter sent to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday strongly condemned Fatah’s Sultan Abu Al-Einein...

  • Israelis Likely to Keep Waiting in Long US Visa Lines in Sherman vs. Boxer

    By Pini Herman

    April 15, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    Los Angeles’ newly re-elected Congressman Brad Sherman's first bill introduced, House Resolution 300 or the Visa Waiver for Israel Act of 2013 is threatened on a new front in addition to earlier issues raised and answered in this blog by Congressman Sherman.

    Sherman’s bill to...

  • Interfaith leaders commemorate Yom Hashoah

    April 10, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    In what was anything but a typical Yom HaShoah assemblage, more than 300 people — including two rabbis, a Methodist preacher, a Catholic priest and a U.S. congressman — packed into Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge on April 7 for an interdenominational observance titled “Remembering...

  • Howard Berman lands D.C. lobbying job [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 14, 2013 | 9:24 am

    Former Congressman Howard Berman, who was defeated by fellow Democratic representative Brad Sherman (D – Sherman Oaks) in a heated and closely watched election last year, has scored a new job with the law firm Covington & Burling. Berman will join the firm’s policy and government...

  • Sherman Responds on Visa Waiver for Israel Act

    February 21, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Mr. Herman’s article, “Sherman’s U.S. Visa Waiver for Israel Endangered by High Rejection Rate of Israeli Non-Immigrants” on February 14, 2013, missed an important point: some countries have been admitted to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program with higher visa rejection rates than Israel....

  • For science and U.S. jobs: Allow Israelis to visit America visa-free

    January 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    The majority of Americans are supportive of Israel. Still, for good reasons, many in Jewish and pro-Israel communities are deeply anxious about both the security of Israel and the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Stopping Iran from building a nuclear weapon and...

  • [UPDATED] Breaking down Berman, Sherman spending

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 19, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    In political campaigns, how and when a strategist chooses to spend money can mean the difference between winning and losing. 

    In the San Fernando Valley race this year between Congressional Representatives Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, the candidates’ campaigns spent...

  • The $16.3 million race: a closer look at the Berman-Sherman numbers

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 12, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    As the L.A. Times reported, the total spending by Brad Sherman and Howard Berman in their race to represent the new 30th congressional district in the San Fernando Valley broke the record for spending by candidates on a congressional race in California.

    Combined, the two...

  • Howard Berman among major Israel supporters absent from new Congress

    December 11, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for Israel on Capitol Hill.

    Gone from the House of Representatives will be veteran Jewish Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee;...

  • Sherman drops bid for post

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), after winning re-election in a bitter fight against Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), has abandoned his pursuit of his rival’s old position as ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. 

    Among the Democratic representatives on...

  • L.A. Jews in ‘Forward 50’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 15, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Four Angelenos are among the 50 American Jews selected by the Forward newspaper for its annual list of newsmakers, which was published on the New York-based newspaper’s Web site on Nov. 12. 

    Scooter Braun, manager of teen sensation Justin Bieber; Rabbi Sharon Brous, the spiritual...

  • Brad Sherman makes Forward 50

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 12, 2012 | 11:22 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman has been named to the Forward 50, the newspaper’s annual list of “American Jews who made the most significant impact on the news in the past year.”

    By that measure – impact on the news – there’s no question that Sherman deserves to make the list, though I’d...

  • A telling reaction to Berman’s loss (and Sherman’s win)

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 7, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    I don't usually post press releases, but this one seemed somewhat telling, so I thought I'd share it. It comes from the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), which "maximizes Jewish support for Democrats at the federal and state levels of government."

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE...

  • Sherman beats Berman, 60-40

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 7, 2012 | 7:12 am

    Rep. Brad Sherman won reelection by a large margin over fellow incumbent Democrat Rep. Howard Berman on Election Day, taking 60 percent of the votes cast in the new 30th district.

    The results took time to trickle in, leaving both candidates to give noncommittal speeches on...

  • Sherman v. Berman: counting the wins, losses

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 6, 2012 | 11:59 pm

    From the start, the rationale by which voters would have to choose between Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) was somewhat murky. The two congressmen have very similar voting records, and, as far as pro-Israel voters were concerned, both...

  • In their own words: What Berman and Sherman would do with another term

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 5, 2012 | 8:45 am

    As is to be expected when two incumbents with more than 40 combined years in office face off against one another, a lot of the back and forth in the campaign between Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman has focused what each has done in the past.

    But what would each of these...

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