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Etan_Profile_Pic_300 Going to the University was a very common thing to do.” But his journey to YU was not as straight a road as it was for some of his acquaintances. As a student he was, by his own admission, “someone who didn’t fit into the mold of sitting still and learning.” He picked up some academic credits at a community college and also during a year spent in Israel. In January 1990, he enrolled at YU, graduating in 1992 with a major in psychology. He attended the James Striar School (JSS) and took the usual academic courses, also branching out into acting, art and music because he is always seeking out other paths for his spirit to follow and other people to travel the road with him, like a rabbinical mentor at JSS who was a huge fan of The Who. “I was the kid break-dancing in the synagogues and doing graffiti (I even was commissioned  to do big graffiti murals for the people running for student body president),” said Goldman. “When I finished my classes or my homework, I’d be down in the Village seeing some music, I’d be on Broadway watching shows and plays—I was that guy.” After graduating from Yeshiva College, he did odd jobs to keep body and soul together, eventually making his way to Los Angeles. The choice to move to the West Coast changed Goldman’s life. “When I moved to LA, I still had it in my head that I had to get a nice, normal job because ever since I’d been a teenager in Baltimore, being an entertainer wasn’t encouraged as a way to make a living,” he said. But in LA, he found a new community for himself. “Not only were there Orthodox people in the industry of entertainment but performing as well.

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