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  • Rabbi leads interfaith service at Boston Marathon bombing site

    April 22, 2013 | 10:34 am

    About 100 people attended a rabbi-led interfaith service for the victims of the Boston Marathon attack at the site of the bombing.

    Rabbi Howard Berman of the Central Reform Temple in Boston led the short service of prayer and songs for runners, marathon volunteers and first...

  • 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...

  • Berman leaves Congress

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 9, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    After 30 years, the last day in Congress for Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) was Jan. 2. Unlike some other veteran lawmakers who left office this year — including Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), who penned a retrospective op-ed in The New York Times on his final day, and former Sen....

  • With little fanfare, Berman leaves Congress

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 4, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    After 30 years in office, Rep. Howard Berman’s (D – Calif.) last day in Congress was Jan. 2. Unlike some other veteran lawmakers who left office this year – including Rep. Gary Ackerman (D – N.Y.), who penned a retrospective op-ed in The New York Times on his last day, and former...

  • [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;...

  • Congressional letter urges Obama to shut PLO office

    December 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Incoming and outgoing leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to close the Washington office of the PLO.

    Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Edward Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)  are...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Let’s not lose our political voice

    By Sam Yebri

    November 8, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    Something in our DNA inspired Jews to be a voice for social justice and public service in America. Jews have served at all levels of civic leadership since the founding of this country. Whether motivated to advance perceived Jewish interests or to champion social justice issues, a...

  • 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."



  • 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...

  • Pro-Sherman mailer labeled 'despicable' may have ties to former Sherman staffer

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 1, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    A pro-Brad Sherman mailer sent out in October to Republican voters in the San Fernando Valley’s new 30th Congressional district features a shadowy and ominous-looking image of Rep. Howard Berman, Sherman’s Democratic opponent for Congress, shown alongside Rep. Maxine Waters...

  • With a week to go, some thoughts on the (final?) Berman v. Sherman debate

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 29, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    On Monday, the same day Howard Berman’s campaign accused fellow Democrat-turned opponent Brad Sherman of dodging debate invitations (L.A. Times) and BuzzFeed ran a piece about an anti-Berman mailer, the two Congressmen mixed it up in what may turn out to be their last debate on...

  • The Howard Berman-Brad Sherman campaign war

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 24, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    I’ve covered many political campaigns, but none quite like Berman versus Sherman.

    Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman really seem to hate one another. When Sherman put his arm around Berman’s shoulders in a belligerent manner during their recent debate, he edged close to the...

  • [UPDATED] Berman v. Sherman: how Obama and Clinton fit in

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 24, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    President Bill Clinton was in Irvine yesterday, supporting a number of Democratic congressional candidates. And though Brad Sherman has touted Clinton’s signing on as his highest profile supporter, Sherman wasn’t on the list of candidates Clinton was pushing.

    Yesterday evening,...

  • Sherman-Berman fracas

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    As far as policy matters go, Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman agree far more often than they differ. Over the course of their yearlong heated contest for re-election in the newly drawn district in the West San Fernando Valley, the few points of disagreement between...

  • As new Berman ad hits Sherman with debate footage, voters ask: Who?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    Over the course of the past 15 months, the reelection campaigns for Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman have spent a combined $9 million trying to convince voters in the West San Fernando Valley that one Jewish Democrat is a better Congressman than the other.

    But even as the...

  • Berman did write DREAM Act, immigration activists say, contradicting Sherman’s heated denials.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 12, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    During a debate on Oct. 12, Rep. Brad Sherman, in a bizarre outburst, threw his arm around Rep. Howard Berman, yelling, “Do you want to get into this?”

    “This” might have been a physical fight, or it might have been what the two Congressmen were arguing over before Sherman got...

  • Throwing arm around Berman, Sherman gets physical in debate [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 11, 2012 | 10:08 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman didn’t throw any punches at Rep. Howard Berman during their debate Thursday at Pierce College, but at one point, he certainly looked angry enough to.

    In an exceptionally heated moment near the end of a debate, Sherman placed his right arm around Berman’s...

  • Analysis: On first big loan, Sherman collected 5.4% interest

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 3, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    Two days ago, Rep. Howard Berman’s reelection campaign unveiled its latest line of attack against opponent Rep. Brad Sherman, drawing attention to Sherman’s practice of charging interest on personal loans he made to his campaign committees and accusing him of using those accounts...

  • The Berman-Sherman switcheroo

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 2, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Note (10/3/12, 11:41 pm): This post has been updated to reflect the more accurate mathematical calculations described in a subsequent post

    The race in the 30th district has come a long way since Rep. Howard Berman was touting his effectiveness and Rep. Brad Sherman was...

  • Berman blasts Sherman for taking over $425,000 in interest on loans to campaigns

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 1, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    The reelection campaign for Rep. Howard Berman (D) is launching a multi-media attack on Rep. Brad Sherman (D) highlighting Sherman’s having collected at least $425,000 in interest – and perhaps as much as $461,000 – on personal loans made to his various campaign committees over the...

  • High holy days and high political offices: an L.A. roundup

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 27, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Jewish and non-, Los Angeles’s politicians were out in the packed pews of synagogues around Los Angeles these past couple of weeks.

    California Gov. Jerry Brown may have commanded Yom Kippur’s highest profile gig, speaking about Prop. 30, his ballot initiative that would raise...

  • Valley business group hosts Sherman-Berman debate

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 25, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    At a debate on Tuesday morning, Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman each put forward – yet again – the reasons why each feels they should be sent back to Washington, D.C., for another term in office.

    The debate, sponsored by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA),...

  • KABC Poll: Sherman 45%, Berman 32%

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 21, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    With less than two months until Election Day and only three weeks before early voting begins, Rep. Brad Sherman is still polling well ahead of Rep. Howard Berman.

    According to a poll conducted earlier this week for KABC and first reported on Sept. 20, 45 percent of voters would...

  • Bipartisanship! Everybody’s talking about it!

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 18, 2012 | 12:49 am

    Happy New Year, dear Jewish readers! Anyone see a Congressman (or two) in synagogue this Rosh Hashanah?

    This won’t be quite like the usual business on this blog. Unlike every other post, this one won’t be primarily about the race between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman....

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