Rochester-born rabbi helps synagogues heal

David Katz’s life as an interim rabbi, trained to help congregations that have grown dysfunctional,or that are in transition, has given him a singular perspective on the significant decline in synagogue and church membership.

Making space for hidden heroes

In collaboration with Irondequoit High School and E.R.A.S.E., Our Voices Project will air short films featuring lesser-known Black historical figures during February.

United Way’s $20 million opportunity

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s “transformational grant” will allow the United Way to fully explore innovative methods to support the nonprofit sector, President and CEO Jaime Saunders says.

The year of the pandemic

In a Rochester Beacon year-end survey, readers reflect on the impact of COVID-19 and voice cautious optimism about what lies ahead.

A diversity of Black voices

Voting patterns showing strong African-American support for Democratic candidates may obscure another fact: Black political views span a wide spectrum that includes conservative values.

New film puts a face on homelessness

“The Road We’re On” focuses on Patrick Braswell, a lead organizer of the Rochester Homeless Union, to spread awareness and counteract misconceptions.

Rochester reclaims the river

Work continues on the $50 million Phase I of the ROC the Riverway project, an ambitious bid to leverage the value of the Genesee riverfront in the city.