Atlanta Makes the Cookie Crumble
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Atlanta Makes the Cookie Crumble

Alongside the State of Israel, Atlanta's Jewish community is now an official record holder for a 3,224-foot long Israeli flag made of cookies.

It takes a community to break a world record using 117,000 cookies. (Photo by Eli Gray)
It takes a community to break a world record using 117,000 cookies. (Photo by Eli Gray)

A 3,224-foot long Israeli flag is impressive enough, but one made of cookies was sufficient to get the Atlanta Jewish community in the record books on June 3, 2018.

With Guinness World Record adjudicators watching, volunteers carefully placed 117,00 cookies across the floor of Congregation Beth Jacob’s Heritage Hall. Celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday, the mosaic flag was 32 percent larger than the previous record flag in Pakistan – also celebrating that country’s 70th in 2017.

Costs for the record setting were covered by donors, while cookies were ceremonially sponsored for $10 each, raising $103,000 at the time of the assembly. The money was split between three organizations in Israel: United Hatzalah, the emergency medical service; OneFamilyFund, supporting victims of terrorism; and the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether, helping immigrant communities in the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s sister region in Yokneam.

Fear not, the thousands of cookies didn’t go to waste either, as volunteers stood ready to deliver boxes upon boxes to food banks, shelters and community centers throughout Atlanta.

The State of Israel is listed alongside the Atlanta Jewish community as an official record holder.

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