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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.

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