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  • Report: 30th district leaning toward Sherman

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 4, 2012 | 7:35 am

    In the race for California’s 30th district, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is running ahead of fellow Jewish Democratic incumbent Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), an independent political newsletter has reported.

    “Look, Sherman has released a poll showing him far ahead,”...

  • Sherman, Berman & Republican challengers to appear at town hall meeting

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 28, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Kicking off what many expect to be a long, hard-fought and expensive campaign in the 30th congressional district, the Woodland Hills - Tarzana Chamber of Commerce is convening a candidates’ town hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5.

    The two well-known and well-funded Democratic...

  • ProPublica: Sherman may have tried to sway Calif. redistricting panel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 25, 2011 | 7:06 am

    The redistricting panel that redrew California’s political boundaries earlier this year was created by ballot initiative in an effort to ensure that voters choose their politicians and not the other way around. But as noted in an earlier entry on this blog, a recent ProPublica...

  • Did Democrats dupe California’s redistricting panel and set up the Berman v. Sherman race?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 23, 2011 | 7:55 am

    UPDATE: The ProPublica reporters behind this story have answered some of my questions as well as those from other readers. Read their full update here.

    As a journalist working at a nonprofit news organization, I have a good deal of appreciation for what the reporters at ProPublica...

  • In Sherman-Berman race, grass-roots strength faces off with Capitol Hill heft

    November 29, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    The California race between Democratic congressional incumbents Howard Berman and Brad Sherman is seen as pitting experience against energy, compromise against confrontation and—painfully for many in the Jewish community—pro-Israel stalwart against pro-Israel stalwart.

    “These are...

  • Two super PACS set to support Howard Berman campaign

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 11, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    At his fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 10, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) announced that his campaign had raised $1.6 million that evening.

    The number, however, did not include additional money that has been flowing into at least two Independent Expenditure Committees...

  • Sherman gets a Democratic endorsement; Berman gets a Super-PAC (part 1)

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 9, 2011 | 9:40 pm

    It’s been an eventful week in the Berman-Sherman race.

    With a San Fernando Valley group of Democratic activists voting on Nov. 7 to endorse Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), and, two days later, the Los Angeles Times uncovering the existence of a new “super PAC” created to...

  • Big money, a game of chicken, and Wikipedia smears: a month in the Berman v. Sherman race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 12, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    In the time since this blog first launched, media outlets have continued beating the bushes for news on the developing race between Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks). As a result of this year’s citizen-led redistricting process, the...

  • House Democrats urge European heads of state to oppose Palestinian U.N. bid

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 15, 2011 | 7:34 pm

    In a letter sent on Sept. 15, a group of House Democrats urged the heads of 40 “key European countries” to join the United States in opposing the Palestinian effort to unilaterally declare statehood at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly meeting.

    The letter was signed...

  • Introducing the Berman v. Sherman blog

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 15, 2011 | 6:49 pm

    Is the race between Jewish incumbent democratic congressmen Howard Berman and Brad Sherman splitting the Jewish community in two?

    That was the question posed to me by a correspondent from CNN earlier this week. And while the short answer is no (or at least not yet), a longer answer...

  • The Berman v. Sherman race—so far

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 15, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    For those who want to catch up on the Jewish Journal’s coverage of the race between Reps. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) in California’s newly drawn 30th congressional district, here’s a roundup of the articles and entries we’ve...

  • Opinion: The only road to statehood

    September 13, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    Last week, a plan of action “to mobilize international support for the Palestinian bid” for United Nations recognition of the state of Palestine was approved at the Arab League meeting in Doha, Qatar.  The Palestinians will formally submit their request for U.N. membership on...

  • Berman and Sherman react differently to Obama’s speech

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 8, 2011 | 7:11 pm

    Anyone who thinks that one long-time incumbent Democrat is the same as any other might want to take a look at the reactions of Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) to President Obama’s speech this evening.

    Sherman and Berman have both...

  • Bill outlawing circumcision bans passes state legislature

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 6, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    California’s assembly approved a bill on Sept. 6 that prohibits cities and counties from enacting bans on male circumcision.

    The measure, known as AB 768, was written in response to the effort to ban the practice for males under 18 in San Francisco.

    Circumcision is a sacred...

  • Howard Berman Announces Five Endorsements

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 31, 2011 | 9:48 am

    In a release emailed to the Jewish Journal this morning, Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) has announced endorsements from five well-known California Democrats in his bid for reelection in the newly redrawn 30th congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley.


  • Sherman, Berman reveal differences early in race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 30, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    If it seems difficult to discern the differences in the records of Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, the two Jewish Democratic incumbents running for re-election in 2012 in the newly redrawn 30th Congressional District in the West San Fernando Valley, last weekend at least...

  • Opinion: Prep for costly fight as Berman, Sherman keep gloves on

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 24, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    The Howard Berman-Brad Sherman story is loaded with angles — Jewish, Latino and, what may be most important, financial. 

    The Jewish angle is potentially divisive to the Jewish community. Reapportionment has placed these two top Jewish congressmen in the same San Fernando Valley...

  • Sherman releases poll showing early lead; “Dewey beats Truman,” counters Berman

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 23, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    The 2012 congressional race between Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman, the two long-standing Jewish Democratic incumbents both laying claim to the heavily Democratic (and mostly white) 30th Congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley, has officially begun.


  • 2 Jewish congressmen, 1 Valley district: Sherman lists endorsements, Berman waits

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 17, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    The next congressional election is more than a year away, and although California’s new political boundaries were formally approved on Aug. 15, Republicans are already considering launching a referendum to overturn them.

    But in the competition between two Jewish Democratic...

  • Bill Clinton, state and local officials endorse Sherman in contested West Valley district

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 5, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    The competition between two Jewish Democratic incumbents for the newly redrawn 30th Congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley is heating up.

    On August 5, Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) released a list of more than 100 political and community leaders endorsing his...

  • Jewish Journal writer talks Calif. redistricting on KCRW

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 2, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Last night, I spoke with KCRW’s Warren Olney on “Which Way, L.A.?” about California’s citizen-led redistricting process.

    The program included observations from journalists and consultants who have been watching the work of the Golden State’s new commission, which unveiled...

  • Updated: Pico-Robertson and Valley Village Each Face Splitting in California Redistricting

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 20, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    New Congressional and State Assembly district maps released this week by California’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission show that the panel is considering lines that divide two neighborhoods that are home to many of Los Angeles’ Orthodox Jewish residents.

    In a working draft...

  • Citizens redistricting commission: (Almost) no Jews involved

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 19, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    Stanley Treitel, 66, is Orthodox, lives in Hancock Park and is one of the few Jewish Californians to have made a direct pitch to the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission on behalf of Jewish interests.

    He went to Culver City’s City Hall on June 16 hoping to tell the...

  • Foreskin Man, meet Vulva Girl

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 29, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    A new issue of “Foreskin Man,” the anti-circumcision comic book whose treatment of a Jewish ritual circumciser was widely critiqued as anti-Semitic, hit the web on June 29. It introduces Vulva Girl, a female counterpart to the comic book’s blonde, buff, eponymous hero.


  • Rep. Brad Sherman will introduce bill outlawing city circumcision bans

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 14, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    Reacting to recent efforts to advance ballot measures banning circumcision of underage males in California cities, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is set to introduce a bill that would prevent municipalities nationwide from prohibiting the procedure.

    “Religious freedom is a...

  • California’s 2011 redistricting: Good for the Jews?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 9, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Elections may seem to reflect the will of the voters, but there are many other factors that can influence the outcome of elections before a single vote is cast, and many of those factors are difficult for the non-politico to follow, let alone understand.

    Take, for example, the...

  • Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman delivers mixed review of Obama’s Israel policy

    April 8, 2010 | 10:48 am

    “I know why you’re here, and I want to address it, but I think it’s a tempest in a teapot,” Brad Sherman, the Democratic Congressman from Sherman Oaks said Wednesday evening at a town hall at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills. The meeting was called to focus on U.S.-Israel...

  • JDate a Capitol Idea

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A second U.S. congressman has been found using JDate. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) began using the Jewish online dating service in May under the screen name "jim2005ofDC," The Hill newspaper reported.

    A spokesman for the California congressman confirmed that he used the service.

    Sherman chose not to offer much information on his profile, telling one prospective female that he did not want the entry to become a news item, which happened to Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) when he used JDate last year.

    Sherman, 51, is a lifelong bachelor.


  • Local Jews Win, Mostly

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    While Republicans swept in the national elections, with the GOP reclaiming the Senate and retaining their majority in the house, in California, Democrats made a strong showing, winning every statewide office.

    In Southern California, Jewish candidates overwhelmed in the local races....

  • His Summer Vacation

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Brad Sherman easily remembers what was the most enjoyable time hespent during his week-long visit to Israel. "It was," he says, "thehour I slept."

    The first-term congressman from the 24th District spent the restof his time in briefings with Israeli and Palestinian officials,touring...

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