Spinagogue - The First-Ever Dreidel Spinning Stadium

Created by Eric Pavony

Dreidel is now a tabletop game of skill, played competitively and socially by spinners of all ages. No Gelt, No Glory!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Dreidel Tour & Spinagogue Finale!
over 2 years ago – Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:06:54 PM

Hello from New York!

Man oh man, it's been quite a road trip since Dreidel Tour began. So much spinning, so much grinning, so much fun.

You may have already heard, but the Dreidel Tour "Bus" took a little spin of its own up in Wisconsin. Thankfully, everybody was okay and no Spinagogues were harmed. However, we did have to cancel a few stops on the tour due to the accident. But, Dreidel Tour has kept on spinning!

One of the best nights was in Ypsilanti. This awesome Michigan town is home to a former MLD Champion and to Team Smoot, a group of friends and dreidel enthusiasts. They came out to Wurst Bar to spin, win and have a blast! Not only was it a rad party, but they posted some of the highest times of the entire tour. When the night was over, three spinners from Ypsi cracked the national Top 10! Check out this little video recap below.

Chicago, DC and Philly were spincredible stops.

We drank amazing coffee and spun with an Air Guitar World Champion at Star Bar. 

Then, it was off to our Nation's Capital. Over 500,000 people showed up in DC to spin the dreidel! Hee, hee. Just kidding. Most of them were there for the Women's March, but some of them put their amazing signs down long enough to spin. It was an inspiring and love-filled day. 

We set up the Spinagogue in Philly, where else, at a cheesesteak joint. And not just any cheesesteak joint, Pat's King of Steaks. By the time we left it was known as Pat's King of Spins! 

I am thrilled to announce, I personally set the World Record for Longest Dreidel Spin on a Philly Cheesesteak! My mom is so proud. What a delicious Dreidel Tour stop in Spinadelphia.

Right now, I'm writing to you from my parent's kitchen in Ossining, NY. It's in this very kitchen where Major League Dreidel and the Spinagogue were born. A fitting place to be as the Kickstarter campaign winds down and we soon celebrate with friends and family at the Full Circle Bars in Brooklyn and in Austin.

If you live near FCB Brooklyn or FCB Austin, please come out Tuesday, January 24 for the Dreidel Tour / Spinagogue Campaign Finale! This will be your last chance to spin and get your name on the National Spinner Leaderboard. Right now, Jay Spin from Little Rock is still holding onto that #1 spot with a total spin time of 49.14 seconds. Can someone in Brooklyn or Austin surpass his mighty spins on the last night of the tour and become... America's Next Top Dreidel?!?

Virtual Dreidel (2008 MLD Champion) and Gelta Force (MLD World Record Holder) both live in New York. So, it's not in the bag for Jay Spin just yet. Jay Spin's average spin was 16.38 seconds. That's bonkers! However, if anyone can top that, it's these two dreidel legends. We know Gelta can out-spin a 16, he set the World Record with an 18.03. Virtual Dreidel is famous for his consistently long 15+ and 16+ spins under pressure. If these two guys show up in Brooklyn, they're gonna spin tough and melt some gelt. Be sure to tune in LIVE! 

I am also so happy to announce that we now have 450+ backers! That's a beautiful thing. Seeing so many people welcome the dreidel as a bona fide table top board game warms my heart. Thank you all for the love and support this last month. It's because of you we are 121% funded. And, there's still 37 hours left to go! Let's keep pushing together beyond the goal and see how high the Spinagogue can fly.

We will be live streaming from FCB Brooklyn and FCB Austin tomorrow night, so if you can't make it, please join in wherever you are as we celebrate the dreidel, the Spinagogue, the tour, the campaign and EACH OTHER!

Love & Gimels,

-eric

 

Dreidel Tour: 5 City Recap
over 2 years ago – Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 06:24:01 PM

Greetings from the road!

The 2017 Dreidel Tour is spinning along smoothly and we're having a blast in every city. It truly is astonishing to see all sorts of folks, from state to state, falling in love with competitive dreidel. Inevitably, the coffee shops, bars and breweries where we set up the Spinagogue, quickly overflow with high fives, hugs and even some mild trash talk. Yup, dreidel trash talk! It's a beautiful thing.

Last night we were at Side Quest, a magical board game bar in Cleveland. Right now, we're headed towards The Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It's home to JuSpin Bieber, a former MLD National Champion. Can he take the lead nationally tonight? Can he break the world record?!? We'll find out...

Here's a look at some Major League Dreidel stats and the current Spinner Leaderboard after 5 cities have spun. 

For more info and the complete national leaderboard click HERE!

TOP 10 SPINNER LEADERBOARD

1. Jay Spin - 49.14 (Little Rock)

2. The Matzoh Brawler - 46.19 (Little Rock)

3. Spinning Machine - 44.75 (Little Rock)

4. Lisa Spinson - 44.37 (Louisville)

5. That's What Shin Said - 44.25 (Little Rock) 

6. Spinglorious Bastard - 43.97 (Little Rock)

7. Spinamon Girl - 43.48 (Memphis) 

8. Challah at Yo Dreidel - 41.98 (Memphis) 

9. Spinnie the Pooh - 41.78 (Memphis) 

10. Gelt Buckle - 41.69 (Louisville)

TOP 5 BEST INDIVIDUAL SPINS 

1. Jay Spin - 16.78 (Zone 2) 

2. The Mad Spinster - 16.06 (Zone 1) 

3. That's What Shin Said - 15.87 (Zone 2) 

4. Lisa Spinson - 15.79 (Zone 1) 

5. Spinglorious Bastard - 15.56 (Zone 1)

Here are a couple video montages from two recent Dreidel Tour stops.

 

The Tour spins on! 

After all is said and spun, who will be... America's Next Top Dreidel?

More from the road soon guys. Tomorrow, we head to The Spindy City. 

Oh, almost forgot, we're nearly at $20k! Spincredible! 

Oh man, almost forgot to share this. The lovely people at The Forward wrote a very cool piece about Dreidel Tour. Check it out HERE. 

Thank you backers and friends! 

-loveric 

Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Dreidels!
over 2 years ago – Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 03:08:03 PM

Perhaps Willie Nelspin put it best when he sang, "the life I love is spinning dreidels with my friends. And I can't wait to get on the road again."

Hello beautiful backers.

The 2017 Dreidel Tour begins today! When all is said and spun, who will be... America's Next Top Dreidel?

The first stop is Diamond Bear Brewing in Little Rock. You can find the Facebook event page HERE. We'll be welcoming players to the Spinagogue and officially tracking the first spins of the national tournament around 6 p.m. Exciting stuff!

After that, we're on to Rockhouse Live in Memphis. You can find the Facebook event page HERE. We'll be set up and ready to spin at Rockhouse Live by 10:30 or 11 p.m. We'll post ETA updates on the Memphis Facebook event page.

We are so psyched to be on tour with Spinagogue. The goal is to put a dreidel into the fingertips of as many spinners as possible between now and January 24. We hope you're one of them!

You can find more info including Tour Dates and Competition Rules HERE. Follow @MLDreidel on Instagram and Twitter for tournament stats and city venue announcements. 

If you live in or around any of the Dreidel Tour stops, please come say hello and spin it to win it. If you have friends that are close by, let them know about the Dreidel Tour and how you helped make Spinagogue possible. Now 106% funded!

Also, check out this very sweet review of Spinagogue on Roll For Crit. The piece on Spinagogue starts at the 7:40 mark. The other games are great too! And thanks to the RFC guys for the really nice segment. 

It's a pretty day on the road in Arkansas right now. Stay tuned for those first spins of the tournament this evening. We're currently building a rad stats component to the Major League Dreidel website. There will be a real time National Spinner Leaderboard. This thing just keeps on getting more fun : ) 

More from Dreidel Tour soon you guys. 

Love and Gimels,

-eric

2017 DREIDEL TOUR DATES & CITIES

1/11 - Little Rock, AR & Memphis, TN

1/12 - Nashville, TN & Louisville, KY

1/13 - Columbus, OH & Cleveland, OH

1/14 - Ypsilanti, MI

1/15 - Chicago, IL 

1/20 - Washington, DC 

1/21 - Philadelphia, PA

1/22 - Manhattan, NY

1/23 - Larchmont, NY & Greenwich, CT

1/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Full Circle Bar & Austin, TX @ Full Circle Bar

Dallas, Houston & San Antonio (TX) - Dates TBA

100% Funded!
over 2 years ago – Sun, Jan 08, 2017 at 08:42:38 PM

Holy shin, we did it! 

"To life, to life, l'chaim. L'chaim, l'chaim, to life!" 

$18,000 and spinning! 

Thank you friends and backers for getting us to our goal. You came. You saw. You spun!

I just wanted to thank you and let you know that we reached our goal today. You'll be hearing a lot more from me this week about the upcoming "Meet The Backers Tour". Yup, we're taking Spinagogue on the road to host the first-ever national Spin The Dreidel Tournament and meet as many of you as we can in person. It's time for hugs and high fives!

 

Stay tuned for dates and city venues and get your dreidel fingers ready.

WE DID IT! 

On to the stretch goals. Let's see how CHAI we can fly!

-loveric 

 

America's Next Top Dreidel
over 2 years ago – Thu, Jan 05, 2017 at 06:00:31 PM

Hi everybody, I hope you're all grooving into the New Year. 2017, let's do this!

With 19 awesome days left of the campaign, we continue to spin sweetly along towards our goal. The Spinagogue is currently 85% funded, with now over 330 beautiful backers! We are getting close and it's super exciting.

As you know, it's my hope that with the Spinagogue, we can extend the dreidel season beyond the 8 nights of Hanukkah. The many new social and competitive games that come with the Spinagogue, make dreidel fun to play and spin all year long.

To illustrate this point, we're gonna put our gelt where our mouth is ; )

I'm proud to announce the 2017 Spin the Dreidel Tour!

Myself and some of the Major League Dreidel team are traveling the country beginning January 11, to find America's next top spinner! 

We'll be posting the exact dates and venues for each city soon, but check out the Tour Poster below for the 21 cities included in this national dreidel tournament.

Also, below you can find more info on competition rules and format. It's a Total Spin Tournament (TST) and will utilize all three Spin Zones of the Spinagogue. Oh yeah!

If you live in or near any of the Dreidel Tour cities, we would love to meet you in person, hang out and of course have you compete. If you have friends that are in close proximity to any of the tour stops, please let them know about this historic dreidel duel so they can spin it to win it! 

We're excited to take the Spinagogue on a magical journey and put dreidels into the fingertips of hundreds of new spinners. I'm certain there are dreidel legends out there waiting to be discovered : ) 

Speaking of dreidel legends...the Major League Dreidel World Record for Longest Spin is 18.03 seconds. It was spun by Gelta Force during a sanctioned MLD tournament in 2011. Will his World Record survive this tour, or will it be shattered? 

Can't wait to find out! 

Stay tuned for a lot more info and fun updates from the road. 

Happy New Year once again. I'll be spinning you. 

Dreidel on,

-eric