Thursday, November 29, 2007

Museum Announces Chanukah Dreidel Tournament!

Thursday December 6th @ 1:30 pm

Sunday December 9th @ 1:30 pm

The Jewish Children's Museum announced today that its entire second floor will become grounds for a competitive Dreidel Tournament. Four playoff brackets will feature competitors face to face, taking turns at spinning to score. Depending on how the Dreidel lands (see rules below), teammates will either advance or be ousted from the tournament. After each suspenseful countdown, team points will be tracked using tournament coins. After each team crowns a finalist, the two competitors will don gold ribbons and duel in a final round off. The playoff will produce a Dreidel champion, who, along with scoring prizes for the entire team, will win a video camera.


  • Every player starts with 10 coins. There will be 10 coins in the pot at the center of the table.
  • The youngest child at the table will start the game. The arrows on the table indicate the direction of play.
  • Each player spins a Dreidel at his/her turn.
  • When a player gets a “ג” (“Gimmel”) he/she takes all the coins in the pot except for one, and all the other players put one of their coins into the pot.
  • When a player gets a “ה” (“Hei”) he/she takes half the pot. (If the pot contains an odd number of coins, the player takes the smaller half).
  • When a player gets a “נ” (“Nun”) he/she does not take any coins from the pot or put any coins in the pot.
  • When a player gets a “ש” (“Shin”) he/she must put two of his/her coins into the pot.

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