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: 5 City Recap
almost 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!


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)


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! 


Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Dreidels!
almost 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,



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!
almost 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.


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



America's Next Top Dreidel
almost 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,



Dreidel in January, it's a thing!
almost 2 years ago – Mon, Jan 02, 2017 at 03:57:15 PM

Happy New Year!

What a wonderful Hanukkah it was. From Christmas Eve to New Years Eve, the Festival of Lights was beautiful and bright.

I had such a fun and love-filled Hanukkah this year. Celebrating with so many friends and lighting the menorah each night live on Kickstarter made it extra special. We spun the dreidel, played all the awesome Spinagogue games and sang happy songs. If you missed any of our 8 crazy nights on Kickstarter Live you can replay them at the links below.

With 22 days left in the campaign, the Spinagogue is 80% funded! This is truly excellent and if we can maintain the love and support generated during the holiday season, we should no doubt hit that 100% goal soon. From there, the plan is to keep spinning and spinning beyond the goal, so we can bring as many Spinagogues as possible into the world in 2017. It will go down as The Year of The Dreidel!

If you didn't see the article in the Jewish Standard this past week about Spinagogue, you can check it out HERE. Journalist Larry Yudelson put together a great write-up about the game and how it makes the dreidel more fun and social for all players.

Also, I'm excited to share this funny and punny link with you. Almost as important as great dreidel spinning form is a great dreidel spinner name. Players typically come up with outrageous and hilarious monikers when participating in our dreidel tournaments. We thought it would be both silly and helpful to put together a Spinner Name Generator. If you don't have your very own dreidel spinner name yet, I'm happy to say we got you covered! You can find the official Major League Dreidel Spinner Name Generator HERE

If you generate your own Dreidel Spinner Name, please share it with us by leaving a comment on the Spinagogue Kickstarter page. It would be fun to see everybody's inputs and the name that was generated by them. 

A big congratulations and mazel tov to Brett and Jay, who won the Target Tops tournament on Hanukkah Night 6 at Full Circle Bar. Brett was hotter than a menorah all evening and led the tournament in "Spinny Dips". You can check out a fun slow-motion video of a "Spinny Dip Hei" by Brett, HERE

Thank you to some very special Kickstarter buddies we have made, who have shared Spinagogue with their communities. Thank you to Jewish Wisdom Ball and Rami, who donated one as a Hanukkah tournament prize. Thank you to GeltFiend and Carin who make those rad Hanukkah sweaters. Thank you to BetterDreidel and Heirloom Games. Also, thank you to our amazing friend Amy at ModernTribe, who has also spread the word. 

As we begin 2017 this week, we will continue to spin dreidels in the Spinagogue. The dreidel is no longer confined to the 8 nights of Hanukkah : ) Please continue to share the campaign with your friends, family and colleagues as we push towards 100%. Use this short and snazzy link: http://BackTheSpin.com

Thank you for your continued love and support and stay tuned as we have a lot more fun events and live streams planned. Dreidel in January, it's a thing!

22 days to go...

Spinfully yours,


Links to All 8 Crazy Hanukkah Live Streams

The Eighth Candle - The Craziest of All! 

The Seventh Candle - Let's Melt Some Gelt! 

The Sixth Candle - Live from Hanukkah City!

The Fifth Candle - Even More Crazier!

The Fourth Candle - More Crazy!

The Third Candle - Even Crazier!

The Second Candle - Let's Go Crazier!

The First Candle - Let's Go Crazy!