(JTA) – A synagogue in Boca Raton, Fla. has set a world record for the largest prayer shawl.
The Guinness Book of world records has certified a special talit made for the Modern Orthodox congregation, the Boca Raton Synagogue, for its yearly Simchat Torah service, as the world’s largest.
The new category was certified earlier this month, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
It is customary on Simchat Torah to gather all children under bar and bat mitzvah age under a talit to receive an aliyah to the Torah and to receive the Kol Hanearim blessing.
The congregation decided that instead of using the talitot of many men all held up together that it would create a special large prayer shawl for the occasion. The synagogue has nearly one thousand children, according to the newspaper.
The congregation first used prayer shawl, the size of 40 regular talitot and created by Boca Judaica, at the Simchat Torah celebration at the synagogue in 2013. It covers the entire sanctuary and is held up by wooden poles, according to the newspaper.
The congregation applied to Guinness in October 2014 in order to register the record. No category existed for largest prayer shawl, so Guinness decided to add the category, saying that a talit should be at least 10 times the size of a regular one in order to qualify.
The record was certified earlier this month.