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Is Binghamton U. Jewish Center Tops in Dreidel Spinning?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A Jewish student organization at Binghamton University is claiming to have broken a record for dreidel spinning, but a student newspaper there says the spinners spun out before breaking the mark.

Some 749 dreidels were spun simultaneously for at least 10 seconds Monday night at upstate New York’s Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life, The Associated Press reported, citing the center. That would break the Guinness World Record of 734 set last year by the United Synagogue Youth in Philadelphia.

Organizers of the dreidel spin told the AP that they have photos, video and other necessary documentation that will be submitted for review to the Guinness committee.

But the Pipe Dream student-run publication said the group fell about 40 dreidels short of the mark. It reported that while 749 people were in the room at the time of the joint spin, only about 700 were able to keep their dreidels spinning for the required length of time. Some 900 people were present at the opening of the event, but some did not stay around for the dreidel spin.

The event raised more than $10,000 for an annual toy drive for children with cancer.

NY Jews Lay Mitzvahs on Thick, Break World Record

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Members of the UJA-Federation of New York set a Guinness World Record on April 29 for assembling the greatest number of sandwiches for the needy in one hour.

The mitzvah-slathered soiree took place at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights and involved 100 volunteers from the local Jewish community, 3,320 slices of bread, and gobs of soy butter (to ensure that it would not cause food allergies) and jam.  It was scheduled to coincide with the UJA’s annual Mitzvah Day.

After officially recording the event for its Guinness World Record certification, participants donated the sandwiches  - with cards and decorations affixed – to the Queens Jewish Community Council in Forest Hills and to Long Island’s Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead.

The project was a “frenzy of good will”, according to co-chair of the UJA-Federation Guinness World Record Amy Mandell.

The record-breaking project was just part of greater Mitzvah Day celebrations, which included volunteering for a local kosher food charity, outdoor clean-ups, nursing home visits, a blood drive, and activities for children such as art projects.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/ny-jews-lay-mitzvahs-on-thick-break-world-record/2012/05/03/

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