Update: The completion ceremony now is scheduled for noon.
Jewish Atlanta’s bid for a big if little-known Guinness world record is underway at Congregation Beth Jacob.
Cookies for Israel is creating a 3,000-square-foot mosaic of the Israeli flag out of some 100,000 blue and white cookies to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. The completed flag mosaic would break the record set last year with a 2,700-square-foot cookie mosaic of Pakistan’s green-and-white flag, created to mark that country’s 70th birthday.
The record is raising money for three nonprofits in Israel by selling sponsorships for $10 per cookie. The cookies and other supplies are being donated, so all the money raised will go to those charities, which provide emergency medical services, support victims of terrorism and help immigrants living in the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta‘s partnership region in Yokneam.
If all 100,000 cookies are sponsored, the project would raise $1 million. The current goal on the Cookies for Israel website is $200,000.
When assembly began this morning at 8 inside Congregation Beth Jacob, more than $100,000 had been raised.