Folk Dreidels from NMAJH

To celebrate the National Museum of American Jewish History grand opening in Philadelphia this weekend, here are some dreidels created not far from the Museum (and me) in Wynnewood, PA. Myer Adler (1914-1998) was the former proprietor of Harry's market in Powelton Village, Philadelphia. 

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Mr. Adler was born in Chudnik, Poland, in 1914. When the Germans invaded in 1939, he moved to the area of Poland dominated by what was then the Soviet Union. Sent to a Siberian labor camp, he worked as a lumberjack in Irkutsk for four years, then spent two years in Stalingrad.

After the war, he spent four years in a displaced-persons camp before migrating to the United States in 1949. Afterward, according to Rabbi Fred Kazan, the spiritual leader of Adath Israel, where Mr. Adler was the sexton, Mr. Adler would always say he was 49 years old ``because my life began when I came to this country in 1949.''

(August 12, 1998, Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER)


Here are Mr. Adler's dreidels - starting with my favorite one made from a golf ball from the Bala Golf Club.  (These images are published with permission from the NMAJH and may not be reproduced without their consent).

Myer Adler Dreidel

Myer Adler Dreidel

Myer Adler Dreidel

Myer Adler Dreidel

Myer Adler Dreidel

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