NY students break dreidel-spinning record

In this Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 photo released by Yeshiva University in New York, a group of Yeshiva University students spin dreidels before attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most dreidels spun simultaneously. 500 students will attempt to break the current record, which stands at 541 spinning at once. ((AP Photo/Yeshiva University, V. Jane Windsor))

December 1, 2010 4:05:06 AM PST
All they want for Hanukkah is a new world record - and they apparently got it.

Two Yeshiva University students led the effort to beat the current holder of the top place for dreidel spinning in the Guinness Book of World Records.

A university spokesman says the two students, along with 616 others, set a new record of 618 simultaneously spinning dreidels on Tuesday night. The old record was 541. It happened at the school's athletic center at 184th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

The "Dreidelpalooza" event is also a scholarship fundraising event.

The record for spinning the four-sided tops was set five years ago in New Jersey.

Guinness must still certify the dreidel record to make it official.

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