Spin, dreidel, spin! &mdash Jewish center sets a new record

bloomington, ind. (ap) | A Jewish community center at Indiana University says it has broken the world record for spinning dreidels.

Officials at the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center in Bloomington set 713 of the traditional Hanukkah toys spinning for 10 seconds on Sunday. They were awaiting official confirmation of the feat by the Guinness Book of World Records.

As the crowd gathered before the event, volunteer “spinners’ signed in and received a colored plastic dreidel. But planners at the Hillel Jewish community center discovered there were not the hoped-for 561 people present.

So volunteers handed out a second dreidel to most of the crowd, and participants practiced a two-handed technique or tried spinning the dreidels one after the other.