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F L Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A ~! i~ : }~ ~ iI Israeli flag made 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 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 Congregation Beth Jacob. It 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 Sunday by a Guinness adjudicator, Michael Empric. Sponsors of the cookies at $10 each have 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 ser- vice; 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. O O By Christine DeSouza In the June 2018 issue of Orlando Magazine, 23 women are named as the magazine's 2018 Women of the Year. The magazine asked for nominees of women who are making a positive impact on the community, and readers responded with a plethora of recommendations. Former Jewish Pavilion Marketing Director Julie Dorsey Capps and Pavilion CFO Penny D'Agostino immediately sent in their nomination of Nancy Ludin, executive director of The Jewish Pavilion. Both women told Ludin about the nomination, so she knew about the award when ---' 0 O4 -= X w @odB TOP Jewish Foundation has announced that Ellen Weiss was selected to fulfill the role of executive director effective May 2. The leadership transition is relatively seamless as Weiss has been on the TOP staff since the beginning of 2016 and, most recently, served as the Foundation's associate executive director working alongside Emilie Socash, TOP's former executive di- rector. "Ellen is assuming the role of executive director at a critical point in our growth. We are confident in her ability to tap on her experience and talent to propel us to the next stage in our organization's evolution," remarked Jeffrey Herman, TOP's president of the Board. "I'm thrilled to step into the executive director position at such an exciting time and am honored to work closely with donors and organizations that care so deeply about the future of our Jewish community," noted Weiss. Her primary focus will be stewarding ex- isting donors, continuing to build the legacy program and expanding the organization geographically to provide the services of a Jewish Founda- tion in communities where one doesn't exist. O TOP Foundation Execu- tive Director Ellen Weiss Weiss has had significant success at TOP in forging new relationships, nota- bly expanding TOP's terri- tory to include the Naples Jewish community. Weiss brings 20 years of leader- ship experience in nonprofit management and corporate marketing. Before joining TOP, she spearheaded the countrywide expansion of the Children's Heart Foundation, creating the only national nonprofit that exclusively funds congenital heart defect research. She is an execu- tive committee member, as TOP on page 15A Roberto Gonzalez Shown here are five of the 23 Women of the Year (back row, l-r): Elizabeth Forrest, Nancy Ludin, Karla Radka; (seated, l-r): Cindy LaRoe, Marnie Forestieri. she was invited to the photo shoot by Kristin Merrick, as- sociate publisher of Orlando Magazine. holidays and traditions," one nomination read. "I am very excited about being selected by the Or- Help Desk. One of the silent benefits of the Jewish Pavil- ion is that we are educating the entire community about kite AP/Khalil Hamra Palestinian terrorists launch a fire kite. By TPS with World Israel News Palestinians from the Gaza Strip once again launched burning kites at civilian communities on the Israeli side of the border Tuesday, setting hundreds of dunams incendiary kites sent from Gaza into Israeli territory. 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