Safran Foer appointed to U.S. Holocaust memorial board

Jewish American author Jonathan Safran Foer has been appointed to the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. U.S. President Barack Obama announced the appointment earlier this month. Safran Foer, who was born in Washington, D.C., currently lives with his wife, author Nicole Krauss, and their two children in New York. He published his first novel, the award-winning best-seller "Everything is Illuminated," in 2002, followed by "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (2005 ) and the nonfiction "Eating Animals" (2009 ). He also edited a new Passover Hagaddah that intersperses modern commentaries with the traditional texts; it was published in 2012. (Maya Sela )

'Big Brother' reaches settlement with contestant over drug allegations

Sa'ar Sheinfein, a contestant in the second season of the "Big Brother" reality show, has withdrawn his suit against the show after a settlement was reached via mediation. The NIS 2.5 million suit, which targeted the Kuperman production company, psychiatrist Dr. Ilan Rabinovich and Channel 2 franchisee Keshet, claimed that Sheinfein and some of the other contestants were given psychiatric drugs as part of the show - allegations that, when first reported in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, sparked investigations by both the Health Ministry and the Israel Medical Association. The terms of the settlement remain unknown, since keeping them confidential was part of the deal. (Gili Izikovich )