A group of adults and children in Tel Aviv set a new world record for dreidel spinning.
More than 1,000 people gathered at a New Jersey Jewish institution to break the Guinness World Record for largest shofar ensemble.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial and museum attracted a record number of visitors in 2012.
One Day - Matisyahu live at Ameoba Records 7-16-2012
Students in New York built a 15 meter tennis racket, hoping to set the Guinness World Record for the largest tennis racket.
Two dances were recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest such performance when they were performed recently in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in northeast China’s Jilin Province. Farmers’ Dance in Wangqing County and Long Drum Dance in Tumen City, with 1020 and 694 performers respectively.
In Florida the largest Burmese python ever caught has been found in Everglades National Park. The snake is more than 17 feet long and weighs over 164 pounds: Snake expert Dr. Kenneth Krysko: “We found that the Burmese python had eaten at least one bird, which we will have identified. And we also found that it contained 87 oviducal eggs. So 87 eggs that were in the oviducts which would now beat the record in Florida by two.” Although Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia they have established a population of tens of thousands in the Everglades. Part of the blame for the large numbers has been placed on people who keep them as pets and then let them go into the wild. US Authorities have banned the import of Burmese pythons and it is also legal to hunt them, but little progress has been made on reducing their numbers.
A luxury hotel in Amman smashed the Guinness World Record for the largest falafel on Saturday. The record-breaking falafel weighed in at 74.75kg, beating the previous record of 23.95kg. It was made using 80kg of chickpeas, 5kg of onions, 2kg of fresh parsley and coriander, 1.2kg of garlic, and was deep fried in 350 litres of vegetable oil. An official from Guinness World Records, Annabel Lawady, was present as the falafel was cooked, and officially announced the success of the attempt. [Annabel Lawady, Official from Guinness World Records]: (female, English) “I am happy to announce that the weight of the falafel today is 74.75 kg, this is a new Guinness World Record.” The previous record was established last year at the Santa Clarita Valley Jewish Food and Cultural Festival in California. The falafel was served to 600 people during “iftar”, the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during Ramadan.
In Abu Ghosh, ‘hummus’ is king A lottery millionaire bets on chickpea paste to continue his good fortune, setting up shop in the little Arab town where he grew up. The predominantly Arab town of Abu Ghosh in the scenic hills west of Jerusalem is known for its world-class hummus, the creamy chickpea paste that’s central to Mideast cuisine. The town has 15 restaurants, almost all specializing in the stuff. But perhaps the most famous one is the Abu Ghosh Restaurant, opened in 1993 by Jaodat Ibrahim. Last January, Ibrahim decided to go for a world’s record. As verified by a Guinness Book of World Records representative, he prepared enough hummus to fill a large satellite dish. The paste weighed almost 9000 pounds, edging out a Beirut restaurant for the title. Ibrahim started his business after winning the lottery in Chicago, and chose to invest his winnings in the place where he’d grown up. The strategy paid off. His restaurant gets about 15000 patrons on weekends, especially Saturdays when most Israeli restaurants are closed for Shabbat. DOWNLOADS: VIDEOS: - HiRes: www.megaupload.com - HiRes-No Narration: www.megaupload.com - Streaming: www.megaupload.com - Streaming-No Narration: www.megaupload.com DOCUMENTS: - INTRO: www.megaupload.com - SCRIPT: www.megaupload.com Please credit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel for any use of these videos