Joseph Sherman, 65, Yiddish Scholar and Translator

Joseph Sherman, a scholar and translator of Yiddish literature who is best known for Translating Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel “Shadows on the Hudson,” died March 20. He was 65. The cause of death was complications from pancreatitis.

Labor’s Role in Bibi’s Team

Depending on one’s interpretation, Labor’s decision to join Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led coalition grants Israel’s incoming government either a kosher seal of approval or a fig leaf to disguise a right-wing agenda.

Star Power: Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt will star in a film about the four-year romantic relationship between a fictious New York couple.

Brad and Natalie: Trading Places?

Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt are set to co-star in an upcoming film adaptation of Leanne Sharpton’s book “Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry.”

Freida Pinto

‘Slumdog’ in Israel

In a twist on the old maxim “Write Yiddish, cast British,” an Oscar-nominated director is thinking Palestinian, casting Indian.

Ivri Lider

Kissing: Tongue in Cheek

A tongue-in-cheek cover song has earned an Israeli musician an invitation to a trendsetting gay awards show in the United States.