Israeli flag made out of cookies in Atlanta breaks Guinness World Record


(JTA) — The Atlanta Jewish community broke a Guinness World Record after creating an Israeli flag out of edible cookies.

The flag of blue and white cookies assembled by volunteers on Sunday used about 117,000 cookies and stretched to 3,224 feet across the plastic-covered floor of the Heritage Hall in Atlanta’s Congregation Beth Jacob.

The flag was created to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. The previous record-holder was a flag to mark Pakistan’s 70th. The new record-holder is 32 percent larger, the Atlanta Jewish Times reported.

The flag was certified shortly before noon on Sunday by Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric.

People sponsoring the cookies for $10 each have so far raised more than $103,000 for the Cookies for Israel project –with the donations going to three nonprofit organizations in Israel: United Hatzalah, the volunteer emergency medical service; OneFamily Fund, which supports victims of terrorism; and  the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether program.

The cookies were donated to charities for distribution to be eaten.