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Penn State Hillel Sets Aim at World Dreidel Record

How often can you say that you were a part of history?

On December 28, 2011, in Philadelphia, 734 stalwarts made that claim. For 10 seconds, all 734 history makers spun dreidels with United Synagogue Youth to break the Guinness World Record for most dreidels spinning simultaneously. Two years later and Penn State Hillel is taking dead aim at that coveted record.

On December 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Penn State will attempt to make history of its own. The event, called “Spin it to Win It,” hopes to shatter that record and organize at least 1,000 people to come out and spin dreidels at the same time.

“Two years ago, I broke this record with United Synagogue Youth, and I figured it would be awesome to try to make it bigger and better by breaking it at Penn State,” said Eric Yoffee of Penn State Hillel. “We’re thrilled to have the support of the campus community and we are looking forward to filling Alumni hall with students, dreidels, and Penn State spirit.”

Independent observers have been commissioned and all the proper protocols will be followed so that the official paperwork with Guinness is valid. As of now, the event is BYOD, although there will probably be some extras on hand.*

“We’re pretty excited and want the campus to get involved,” said Rachel Steinberg, one of the event’s organizers. “If you’ve never spinned a dreidel before or just want to help break a world record, you should totally swing by.”

This is Penn State. Dreideling lives here. Let’s break this record.

*Update: Dreidels will be provided although you can still bring your own if you want.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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