Diversity Style Guide
Congratulations to Rachele Kanigel, associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, for the launch of a new diversity style guide for journalists.

The guide is filled with contemporary definitions and is well organized, listing terms alphabetically and by area. More than 700 terms are included. The guide revives one created at San Francisco State’s Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism in the 1990s. Its latest update had been in 2002. This update was needed.

The guide is intended for journalists but can be used by anyone, of course.

The Michigan State Journalism School is proud to have supported the project by allowing Kanigel to use content from our student-produced Bias Busters series (10 guides and counting) for about 100 items. The project draws in information from a dozen other guides, as well.

Thanks to Rabbi Jason Miller

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Rabbi Jason Miller, Entrepreneur, Educator, Writer and Technologist – “Rabbi Without Borders”
We are so pleased with Rabbi Jason Miller’s Passover review of “100 Questions and Answers About American Jews” that appeared on The Huffington Post.

In three words: He gets us.

Part of what he wrote:

“For many years — even before I was ordained as a rabbi — I’ve been using Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s encyclopedia-like book “Jewish Literacy” to teach those interested in learning more about Judaism as well as those in classes leading toward Jewish conversion. I will continue to use that resource, but this simple book will serve as a useful introductory guide for the non-Jewish parents of those who are seeking conversion to Judaism. It will also be a quick and easy reader for non-Jews who simply want to understand more about the basics of Judaism.”

Guide to American Jews includes guide to Jewish holidays

The Bias Busters series grows to 10 guides with “100 Questions and Answers About American Jews.” this guide is the second in our stream of guides about religions, joining “100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans.”

The guide about American Jews is a good aide to the growing number of non-Jewish Americans who are celebrating elements of Passover and who want to know more about their Jewish neighbors.

The guide answers questions about identity, Judaism, Jewish culture, history, foods and contributions. This edition also features an extensive guide to Jewish holidays throughout the year.

About two dozen of the questions are answered for you on this site for free. You can get all 100 in the guide.

Huckabee’s Holocaust comparison sheds heat, not light

By Joe Grimm

Mike Huckabee’s remark that, with his Iranian nuclear agreement, President Barack Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven” is being widely criticized by Israelis and Americans, Jews and Gentiles, Republicans and Democrats.

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burning memorial candles
Any U.S. citizen has the right to criticize policy and, as a GOP presidential hopeful, Huckabee is expected to. But bringing the Holocaust into the campaign and comparing U.S. policy to the horror of mass genocide is over-the-line offensive.

The Nazis’ campaign of genocide against Jews was real and horrifying. It is not material for political sound bites. Using the holocaust to liven up political rhetoric is an affront to people murdered in the Holocaust, their survivors and descendants.
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