Tom Teicholz
Santa Monica, CA tomteicholz.contently.com

Tom Teicholz is an award winning journalist and producer who has created print, video and social media content for Intel, The Museum of Tolerance and The Milken Family Foundation; and whose work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Newsweek.com, The NY Times Magazine, and The LA Times Op-Ed page. He also has ghostwritten, edited and published essays, treatises and books for private clients.

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At the dawn of Hollywood talkies, “The Jazz Singer” told the story of a young Jewish man’s conflict between a career in the entertainment industry and being a cantor. The sacred and the profane seemed two poles whose opposing magnetic draws tore the protagonist apart. But that was 1927. Today, more than 90 years later, […]

Over the last two weeks, lost amid Wall Street’s financial turmoil, came the announcement that Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks was leaving Paramount, having found financing from The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (“Reliance”), one of India’s largest private companies. What does the fact that no American studio or financier made a better offer say about Spielberg, […]

If the bestseller charts are any indication, it’s become popular to condemn religion. Books such as Sam Harris’ “Letter to a Christian Nation” and “The End of Faith,” Richard Dawson’s “The God Delusion,” Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great” and Bill Maher’s soon-to-be-released film, “Religulous,” would have us see faith as antiquated, illogical and dangerous. […]

Located at the intersection of 11th St. and Santa Monica Blvd., a striking modern building designed by Santa Monica architect Renzo Zecchetto sits on the site of a former elementary school playground and looks to have risen out of the ground sui generis, almost as if the Starship Enterprise had decided to dock in the […]

August 12, 2008 Herb Gold, elder statesman of the Beat Generation, writes on By Tom Teicholz “Still Alive! (A Temporary Condition)” by Herbert Gold (Arcade, $25). Herbert Gold, who at 84 is among the elder statesmen of the Beat Generation, has a new book out, his 28th, a memoir titled “Still Alive! (A Temporary Condition).” […]

The movie, “Elegy,” which opens Aug. 8 and stars Ben Kingsley as David Kepesh and Penelope Cruz as the object of his desire, is the latest film to be adapted from the writings of Philip Roth. This one is based on his novella, “The Dying Animal.” Despite Roth’s long, successful career in American letters, his […]

Hatschek Bela. The very sound of my great-grandfather’s name brings a smile to my face. In Hungarian, last names go first, so although Bela was his first name, he has always been Hatschek Bela to me — all one name — a legendary figure in our family, a celebrated forebear about whom my mother and […]

BookExpo, the annual convention of booksellers and book publishers that took place in Los Angeles one recent weekend, is the book industry’s annual get-together, alternating among the publishing hub of New York and various other cities, such as Miami, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Perhaps it’s the state of the book industry, the economy […]

The following opinion article appeared yesterday on the Op-Ed page of the Los Angeles Times: John Demjanjuk’s last appeal to avoid deportation was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court on May 19. The 88-year-old accused Nazi concentration camp guard was stripped of his citizenship and ordered sent to Ukraine, his birthplace; Poland, the locus of […]

As everyone knows by now, Adam Sandler’s “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” dives in where few comedies have gone before: The Middle East conflict between Arabs and Jews. Hollywood has a long tradition of preferring onscreen Jews to be Semitic-lite (or even better, portrayed by non-Jews such as Gregory Peck in “Gentleman’s Agreement”). Sandler, […]

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