Yeshiva University Students Break Dreidel-Spinning Guinness World Record
618 Yeshiva University students, alumni, faculty, staff, neighbors and friends filled the Max Stern Athletic Center on YU’s Washington Heights campus in Manhattan on Tuesday, November 30—the night before Chanukah—to help break the Guinness World Record for most dreidels spun simultaneously. The previous record of 541 was set at an event at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ in 2005.
The highly anticipated event, dubbed “Dreidel-Palooza” was organized by Students Helping Students, a student-run organization that raises money for undergraduate scholarships, and featured musical entertainment, food and a dreidel tournament sponsored by Major League Dreidel.
“It was incredible to see this crowd tonight,” said Yeshiva College’s Jason Katz, co-president of Students Helping Students. “More than 70 percent of students at Yeshiva University receive some sort of financial aid so this was a great opportunity to build school pride, spread awareness and raise scholarship funds.”
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Saadia Fireman, president of SOY (Student Organization of Yeshiva)—one of several undergraduate student organizations to sponsor the event—felt that “the excitement was not only from breaking a record, but from the fact that this event showed that students at Yeshiva University are a family and care about one another.
“Events like this help fund scholarships so that our peers can continue to learn, to lead and to inspire,” said Fireman.
Dreidels are special four-sided tops used at Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Each side features a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Nun, Gimmel, Hay, and Shin; together they help form the phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Sham” or “A Great Miracle Occurred There.”