CAMPUS & YOUTH NOTEBOOK
Guess how many members Hanoar Hatzioni has attracted in the movement’s existence? Nope, too high. It turns out that Hanoar has never had a single member, because there has never been a membership scheme. “Until now, if you came to an event, you probably considered yourself a member, but there was no actual way of joining,” says mazkira Jo Miller. “Now we have set one up, and believe it will promote a sense of community, with people being able to say proudly that they are Hanoar members, not just people who attend events.” Just 50 years for a member-driven organisation to realise it had no members. Amazing. Another youth organisation focused on membership is Liberal movement LJY-Netzer. It has grown by a fifth in the last year, new figures reveal. Almost a year ago, members passed a motion making the boosting of numbers a priority. The movement then came up with special programmes designed to bring in more 12- and 13-year-olds, an age bracket identified as ripe for growth. Programmes included theatre, cinema and bowling trips, and a Shabbat sleepover. “This wasn’t accidental; it came from a deliberate decision to go for growth,” says LJY’s Jordan Helfman. Membership now stands at 313. Durham University Jewish Society is opening a kosher kitchen and dining facilities at St Aidan’s College next Thursday. The kitchen will be under the direction of St Aidan’s catering manager Ken Dent and will prepare Shabbat and festival meals for members of the growing Jewish society and their guests. The initiative is being funded jointly by the university and UJS Hillel. To celebrate the opening, a drinks reception will be held at 5pm, which will include an introduction to the work of the Jewish society. Invitations have gone out to the university vice-chancellor and the head of the Islamic society. Should make for interesting small talk.