Tel Aviv Crowd Breaks Dreidel-Spinning Record

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TEL AVIV DREIDEL 1While menorah-lighting ceremonies in Dizengoff Square in downtown Tel Aviv have been a familiar Chanukah scene for the last 35 years, a thousand dreidels spinning simultaneously at nearby Rabin Square has been a rather new development.

An enormous crowd of local residents, visiting Israelis and guests from around the globe set a Guinness World Record on Wednesday night when 2,000 people simultaneously spun dreidels.

Adults and children, wrapped warmly in the evening air, positioned themselves at long wooden tables for the attempted feat. The end goal: The dreidels had to spin for at least 10 seconds simultaneously, which they did.

And Merkaz (Central) Chabad Lubavitch Tel Aviv didn’t stop there.

The menorah lit that evening at Rabin Square, just blocks away from Dizengoff Square, is the tallest one erected in Israel to date, measuring 9.5 meters high—the highest height that is kosher.

Entertainment included a fire-juggling show, live acrobatics, a boys’ school choir, and refreshments like sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and chocolate-coin gelt.

Before the lighting of the menorah, Rabbi Yossi Gerlitzky, head Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in Tel Aviv and director of Merkaz Chabad, addressed those assembled

Kids and adults alike took to the spinning tops. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
A menorah has been placed and lit at the scene of a Nov. 19 terror attack on worshippers leaving afternoon services from a Tel Aviv office building on Ben-Tzvi Street. Two men were—Aharon Yisayev, 32, from Holon; and Reuven Aviram, 51, from Ramle—were slain by a Palestinian worker.
More than 1,000 dreidels quashed last year's record of nearly 800. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
More than 1,000 dreidels quashed last year’s record of nearly 800. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
Lighting up the night with the miracles of Chanukah. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
Lighting up the night with the miracles of Chanukah. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
Watching a fire-juggling show and live acrobatics as part of the entertainment. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
Watching a fire-juggling show and live acrobatics as part of the entertainment. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
The public event took on added significance in this Hakhel year. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
The menorah lit on Wednesday evening—and throughout the eight days of Chanukah—is the tallest one erected in Israel to date, measuring 9.5 meters high. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
In the cherry-picker, from left: Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Lewin , director of foeign affairs at Chabad of Tel Aviv; U.S. Embassy spokesman Geoffrey Anisman; and Rabbi Yossi Gerlitzky, head Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in Tel Aviv and director of Merkaz Chabad. ( Photo: Meir Alfasi)
Rabbi Lewin, left, and Rabbi Gerlitzky try their hand at some spinning. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
Rabbi Lewin, left, and Rabbi Gerlitzky try their hand at some spinning. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
An activity even the littlest ones could enjoy. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
An activity even the littlest ones could enjoy. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)
A boys' school choir performed at the festivities on Wednesday night. (Photo: Meir Alfasi)

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