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Last Night: Going for Guinness! Dreidel Spin-off for World Record @ Third Street Promenade


(All photos by Shannon Cottrell. Click images for entire dreidel slideshow.)

Last night I took part in an extreme effort to break the dreidel spinning world record, orchestrated by the Santa Monica Synagogue on Third Street Promenade. As I write this, I can feel the skin on the tips of my calloused thumb and middle finger stiffen while the "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" song races through my mind on a loop. I am tired, the way any athlete feels after a competition, my body flooded with endorphins, my chest heavy with anxiety as I sit here waiting for word of victory or defeat.

Before the competition I chatted up SMS Rabbi Jeff Marx who told me that the Temple Emanuel in New Jersey holds the world record with a total of 541 people who spun dreidels simultaneously for at least 10 seconds. "Why should it be East Coast?" Marx laughed. Forget Tupac versus Biggie, this West Coast rivalry is alive and strong. California knows how to dreidel...

In all seriousness though, Marx smiled and said, "This is a wonderful

way for the community to come together and we're very excited about it.

It's a nice way to involve all our non-Jewish neighbors as well."


As I watched hundreds of synagogue members, families, friends -- even tourists -- gather around the Promenade's Menorah, I began to think we might have a chance at winning.

Last Night: Going for Guinness! Dreidel Spin-off for World Record @ Third Street Promenade

How did we fare? To be honest, I don't know yet; the results have yet to be tallied and announced but I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, enjoy the photos.





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