When it comes to the holidays, Christmas may have the best movies, songs and fanciful characters, but holy shin, Hanukkah has the best game!
These 8 crazy nights are now crazier than ever with Spinagogue, the official dreidel stadium for spinning, winning, gelt and glory.
As you know, every game needs an arena, a place where all the action happens. Football is played on a field, tennis is played on a court and baseball is played on a diamond. Now, dreidel is played on a Spinagogue.
It's the gift that keeps on spinning. At home, school or parties, Hanukkah is not the same without this dreidel game!
The object of the game is to spin the dreidel longer than your opponent. "Longer" pertaining to the length of time the dreidel spins from the release to the finish, from the moment the dreidel leaves your fingers to the moment it comes to a complete rest on its side. Watch out for those Spin Zone walls, they decrease in size as the tournament rounds progress. MLD can be played two ways: head-to-head or a round robin.
Get your peanuts and latkes ready, Spinnings is dreidel baseball!
The object of the game is to score more gelt coins "baserunners" across home plate than your opponent. After 9 Spinnings, the spinner with the most gelt coins "runs" is the winner.
Target Tops is a spin on the classic boardwalk game of Skee-Ball®. Spin the dreidel up the lane and try to sink it into the highest point targets. Target Tops challenges both the accuracy and consistency of a spinner.
The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent each frame (9 spins) by landing the dreidel inside of the highest point targets.
Dueling Dreidels is a full contact, spinning showdown where anything can happen. When a spinner possesses the "Magic Dreidel" it's them versus the entire Spinagogue. If they can successfully dodge the other dreidels in the Spin Zone with clever and sneaky maneuvers, they have a chance to be the last dreidel spinning and win a point.
While Spinagogue takes pride in its many modern and exciting dreidel games, it recognizes that none of them would be possible without the original. Traditional Dreidel is best played with friends and family the way it was in ancient times.
It was December 2006, I was at my parent's annual Hanukkah party hosted at my childhood home. As always, it was an awesome holiday affair, complete with friends, family, traditional decorations, music and food. Towards the end of the night, after I had consumed an ample amount of my mom's latkes and a fair share of my dad's vodka, I came to a realization. Nobody had yet to spin a dreidel. Despite the fact that many dreidels adorned the table, not a single adult chose to spin one during the party. Why, I pondered.
Confused, I picked up one of the dreidels and challenged my dad to a traditional game. After a few spins each, both me and my dad were bored of this simple game of chance. We were also frustrated with how the dreidel continued to fall off of the dining room table. It was then, on this Festival of Lights, a lightbulb went off in my head. I quickly grabbed a stopwatch and fashioned a "Spin Zone" out of my mom's cookbooks. I challenged my dad to a "Dreidel Spin-Off", who could keep the dreidel spinning for a longer amount of time in a confined space.
Me and my dad took turns spinning and keeping time. 10.5 seconds! 11.37 seconds! 15.88 seconds! We began to passionately encourage our dreidels, telling them to "SPIN! SPIN! SPIN!". Friends and family members still at the party started to gather around the table to see what all the commotion was about. It didn't take long until everyone began cheering for me and my dad as we battled for the longest spin. I sketched out a tournament bracket and wrote down the names of everyone in the room. Little did I know, but this was the first-ever Major League Dreidel competition and the blueprint for what would ultimately become the "Spinagogue".
The following year I held an official MLD tournament at Sidewalk Cafe in the East Village of Manhattan. 32 spinners competed, with nearly 100 people in attendance. The event was a success! It was clear that other adults had grown tired of the traditional game, but still enjoyed the act of spinning a dreidel. I called my good friend John, a graphic designer and my cousin Scott, who runs a packaging company. Together we embarked on designing and manufacturing the Spinagogue, the first-ever dreidel spinning stadium.
The board game came out even better than we had imagined, complete with other brand new dreidel games. I sold it at Major League Dreidel events around the country, at a few online shops and even at Bed, Bath and Beyond! However, it was a lot of work and I had another business to manage. Sadly, I could no longer afford to make more Spinagogues and eventually they ran out. The love and demand for Spinagogues, however, did not waver. Every year around Hanukkah, I would get flooded with emails and phone calls from people who wanted a Spinagogue as a gift for their family or friends, for their school or synagogue. I felt awful telling everyone I was out of stock each year. I knew the game brought smiles and joy to people and made Hanukkah more festive and fun for everyone.
Early this December, when I was lamenting about not having anymore Spinagogues for yet another Hanukkah, my friend said, "just do a Kickstarter, that way anyone that wants one can get one."
And here we are!
Shipping and handling will be charged after the campaign through BackerKit. We're not upcharging for shipping, the rates will be the best that our fulfillment center can provide. You will be responsible for paying any local taxes or customs that may be incurred.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Back on TOP in June!
22 days ago
– Sun, Jun 04, 2017 at 05:35:02 PM
Happy June everybody.
Welp, things are really spinning along now with Spinagogue manufacturing. Here are a few things we’ve accomplished since my last note.
*The MLD Spinometers are in production with the new artwork.
*The sanctioned MLD dreidels are also in production. However, we avoided what would have been a real tragedy. Our dreidel manufacturer notified us that they would no longer make our custom dreidels in the color purple. I don’t know about you, but purple is one of my favorite colors, and it’s always been one of the classic six Spinagogue dreidels. She even has a name, Shinaynay! I can’t picture a world without Shinaynay. I’m happy to report that we won’t have to. After many conversations and some creativity, we convinced our manufacturer that Shinaynay was worth it.
*More of the non-Spinagogue rewards will be shipping out this month. Apologies for the delay. We had to focus on recreating the Spinagogue artwork, but now we’re grooving on everything again.
*Now that we’ve started production, we should be receiving a final timeline from our manufacturer soon. Everyone will have their Spinagogue long before the Festival of Lights and the miracle of Hanukkah is upon us this December. We should have a more exact ship date for you in the next update.
Thanks so much and spin ya later : )
about 2 months ago
– Wed, May 03, 2017 at 10:09:36 AM
I hope you all had an awesome April. Apologies for the delay in reaching out. My plan was to send an update to you once a month as we take steps to manufacture the Spinagogue. This was a busy and unexpected month for us, which led me to postpone my note to you.
Unfortunately, we had to navigate some legal issues with the Spinagogue, but I'm happy to report that everything turned out just fine. However, it did require us to change some aspects of the artwork before manufacturing, which was a bigger task than we initially thought. On top of that, our great friend and designer was going through a difficult personal time. We supported each other, as both friends and colleagues, and with some extra grit we powered through and got the work done.
The revised product art is ready go! Ultimately, there were minimal changes and none of the original fun games were compromised. I'm discussing with our manufacturer how far this unforeseen hurdle will set back the Spinagogue delivery date. As soon as I know I will be sure to update you guys. The in-hand delivery date will of course be before Hanukkah this year.
In the meantime, more BackerKit surveys are going out this month and more of the smaller rewards will ship. Finalizing the modified art was our top priority since my last update to you.
Hopefully it will be smooth sailing (and spinning) from here on out. I will keep you posted with more updates as we take next steps.
Have a spincredible Wednesday.
No Gelt, No Glory!
4 months ago
– Tue, Mar 07, 2017 at 11:19:13 PM
I hope 2017 has started off strong and happy for you.
Things continue to spin along on our end and I wanted to update you guys on a few fun things.
1. The Hanukkah Gone Metal digital download rewards will go out this week
2. The Happy Hanukkah postcard rewards are going out next week
3. The Major League Dreidel T-Shirt rewards are being printed next week and will ship soon after that
4. We're finalizing the Spinagogue artwork for our manufacturer
5. You may be getting an email from BackerKit, who are helping us fulfill these rewards
Have a spincredible day and stay tuned for more Spinagogue updates soon as we continue to ship out rewards and manufacture the games.
No Gelt, No Glory!
Spinagogue is Now on Jewcer
5 months ago
– Fri, Feb 03, 2017 at 10:53:31 AM
Happy February everybody,
I wanted to let you know that Spinagogue is now live on Jewcer. That's the Jewish centric crowdfunding campaign I mentioned. It's up for only 14 days, so if you missed out on grabbing a Spinagogue at the special $39 price you have the opportunity to do that now on Jewcer. All of the fun reward options are available, so please let your friends and family members know there is still time.
Thanks so much. Have an awesome Friday and a fun-filled weekend.
5 months ago
– Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 11:38:42 PM
You came, you saw, you supported!
I'm delighted to announce that because of YOU, the Spinagogue campaign was a sweet success. We even out spun our goal!
Thank you for pledging and for following this spincredible Kickstarter journey. The Spinagogue is back baby!
I'll be tossing the Spinagogue up on Jewcer for a very short campaign. Jewcer is a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that helps Jewish ideas and dreams become reality. I'm excited to introduce the Spinagogue to more people through this cool niche network.
So, if you wanted to up your pledge on Kickstarter, but didn't do it in time, you still have a chance to get a Spinagogue at the same pre-order price on Jewcer. If you have friends or family who missed out on our Kickstarter campaign, they too can still get a Spinagogue at the same pre-order price. We hope to get it up on Jewcer this week. As soon as it's live I'll let you guys know.
Right after the Jewcer campaign ends, we'll be starting production. I'll keep you posted along the way as manufacturing progresses.
In Major League Dreidel news...
I'm happy to announce that after all was said and spun, Jason Longval "Jay Spin", is the 2017 Dreidel Tour Champion. Yup, Little Rock, Arkansas is now home to America's Top Dreidel Spinner! Jay Spin, with his astounding winning dreidel time of 49.14 seconds, made the cover of GELT Magazine. Way to go Jay Spin, much deserved recognition for a true dreidel spinning superstar.
Here's a list of Dreidel Tour City Champions:
Little Rock - Jay Spin (49.14)
Memphis - Spinamon Girl (43.48)
Nashville - Teddy Ruxspin (32.67)
Louisville - Lisa Spinson (44.37)
Cleveland - Zoobie; Spin It (37.97)
Ypsilanti - Goy to the World (48.22)
Chicago - Spinjamin (40.52)
Washington, DC - Edgar Allan POTUS (38.95)
Philly - Mr. Cheese Wiz (37.15)
Brooklyn - Spincredible Hulk (41.38)
Austin - Obi One Spinobi (44.99)
I'll leave you with this super cute photo below. Just a heads up for any of you with a kitty cat. They love to curl up and nap in the hexagon-shaped box. Graycie, my little munchkin, also likes to dance in it.