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Paris Naster is Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ now playing at the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center and later this month at Theatre in the Park.

Jewish actress Paris Naster is starring as Belle in a co-production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” by The White Theatre of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City (The J) and The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

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Rick Recht performs at the Jewish Arts Festival in 2003. A frequent guest at previous events, Recht returns to Jewish Culture Fest on Sept. 10 as a musical act.

Since its inception in 1994, Jewish Culture Fest (previously Jewish Arts Festival) has attracted eclectic, exciting musical acts and performers, and 2017 will be no different.

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Chuck Luchen (left) and Keith Morantz enjoy cherry pie made from the Mitzvah Garden KC cherry bushes while taking a break from their hard work.

MITZVAH GARDEN BOUNTY — It’s been a great summer for our friends who work hard — not one person ever receiving a paycheck — to till the soil and harvest fruits from the vine and veggies from the earth at Mitzvah Garden KC. Ken Sonnenschein, who chairs Mitzvah Garden KC, sent me a series of updates last week.

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More than 42 million people in the United States struggle to provide for themselves or their families. ‘This is Hunger,” a national, interactive exhibit designed to foster awareness of hunger and efforts to alleviate it will, will be in Overland Park. It is sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom, Jewish Family Services and Episcopal Community Services and will be at Beth Shalom.

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Ron Fredman (left) was elevated to Sagamore in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say at a Tribal Celebration Chieftain’s Ceremony held June 3 at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. He is shown here with his friend and fellow Sagamore Rob Sisco.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City — along with Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren HaYesod, and the World Zionist Organization — is currently working on the front lines to challenge two very recent actions taken by the government of Israel:

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