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Apple’s Siri to be offered in Hebrew

Siri, Apple’s voice-activated assistant, which is offered in 18 languages, will soon add Hebrew to its dialects.

Ynet reported that Siri will be able to speak Hebrew in February when the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system is released.

The beta version of the Hebrew Siri will not allow for searching of restaurants, movie theaters and other local destinations, the Times of Israel reported.

Siri, which responds to a variety of vocal requests, is currently available in various dialects of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Thai and Portuguese.

NY kids challah bake breaks record

NEW YORK — In a record-breaking event, 1,128 children participated in a Kids Mega Challah Bake.

At the Chabad-sponsored event in Manhattan, children aged 5 to 13 learned to mix and knead their own challah dough, which they then took home to bake. More than 1,000 eggs, 1,000 pounds of flour and 7,000 ounces of water were used.

The number of participants broke the record from a similar event in 2013 that had 426 students in Hong Kong, according to

Philly among 5 Israeli consulates closing

In a budget-cutting move, Israel is closing five of its diplomatic offices around the world. The affected consulates are in Philadelphia, Belarus, El Salvador and Marseilles, France, along with a “roving ambassador” to the Caribbean, The Jerusalem Post reported Jan. 6.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the saved money will go toward existing consulates and embassies. The Philadelphia consulate was initially scheduled to be shut down two years ago, but was left standing after the local Jewish community and local politicians objected, according to the Post.

In addition to its embassy in Washington and the Philadelphia consulate, Israel has consulates in eight other U.S. cities: New York, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Nursing home magnate buys Powerball tickets for 15,000 employees, residents

The Jewish owner of a California chain of nursing homes bought 15,000 Powerball lottery tickets for his employees and residents. The gift by Shlomo Rechnitz, a health care magnate who owns 80 assisted living facilities throughout California, gave the beneficiaries a crack at winning record jackpot of $1.6 billion, though it is not clear whether any of them actually won anything.

Initial reports that an employee of Rechnitz, a nurse from Pomona, was among the three winners were later refuted by the family and dismissed as a practical joke played on the nurse by her son, the New York Daily News reported.

One of the three winning tickets was bought at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, CA, not far from the nurse’s home.

Rechnitz told the Daily News he bought the tickets to boost morale at his facilities.

Over 635 million lottery tickets were purchased for the jackpot, affording 1-in-292.2 million odds of winning.

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