It is not unusual for a small community to have a wide catchment area. But it is doubtful whether any can match the monthly 800 mile-plus round trip that Chatham Memorial Synagogue events co-ordinator Jo Freeman makes from Scotland to Kent to run the social events that follow the monthly Shabbat service.
A switch from Orthodox to Reform and a chairperson with new ideas has brought fresh life to a dying north-eastern community.
Darlington Hebrew Congregation has been great-grandmother Bess Robertson's closest community since 1974. But she had shied away from involvement because her husband, Jimmy, was not Jewish (he has since converted).
With the Anglo-Jewish population increasingly concentrated in north London and the Hertfordshire suburbs, it is easy to forget that Jewish life exists, and in some cases thrives, in small regional communities.
When former Movement for Reform Judaism chief executive Ben Rich moved from London to York with his young family early in the summer of 2013, there was no organised Jewish life. Today the York congregation - the newest in the Liberal Judaism fold - is celebrating its first anniversary, attracts three dozen people to its monthly Shabbat service, and is searching for a full-time rabbi.
Health information can be a daunting minefield. A diagnosis of any kind can be difficult to comprehend. It is natural human instinct to want to know more. But where do you start? Who do you trust? How do you find support through others who may be experiencing the same?
Physical health is mainstream. Our culture is saturated with messages on how to improve your wellbeing, the government regularly runs campaigns targeting obesity, and no one will doubt you if you say you have a broken arm.
In contrast, mental health sufferers can feel as if they are ignored and isolated, with no idea of how to get better, or if a recovery is even possible.
“How can I get my son to eat more fruit?” “Where are the best places to buy swimming costumes in winter?” “Which Jewish schools are you applying for?” “Do you know a good Mandarin teacher in north-west London?” “Which Jewish camps are the best?” “How much should I pay my cleaner?” “How much should I pay my nanny?”
Dov hit his head falling down a flight of stairs while playing with school friends - his parents mistakenly attributed the subsequent vomiting to a stomach bug. Five-year-old Sarah downed a bottle of cleaning liquid when her grandmother's back was turned. Danny was left alone in the bath while his mother answered the phone - she returned to find him submerged in water.