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Sunday night live
At the Castro Theatre on July 22, actor Elliott Gould reached out to fellow New Yorkers, telling the audience he was conceived in Far Rockaway (Queens), grew up in Bensonhurst (Brooklyn) and went to P.S. 247. The actor was in town to receive the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s 2012 Freedom of Expression Award.
Gould began acting when he was quite young, he said, and producers of his very first show changed his last name from Goldstein to the less obviously Jewish (really?) Gould. That show took place at the same theater where, having achieved fame for his roles in movies including “M*A*S*H” and “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice,” he hosted “Saturday Night Live” numerous times.
Among his latest films are “Dorfman,” a romantic comedy (shown at the festival), in which Gould plays a recently widowed father, and short videos made for Aish HaTorah in which he plays a grandpa meeting his 31-year-old Chinese-American grandson for the first time.
Funny. Poignant. Life in six words.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan conducted the wedding ceremony for Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s son in Washington, D.C., reports Rita Semel of San Francisco. Semel, her daughter Elisabeth Semel of Berkeley and Vivian Solomon of San Francisco were among the guests of the San Francisco–connected family. Oren’s wife, the former Sally Edelstein, is a native San Franciscan, as are her parents, Burt and the late Betty Edelstein. And on another Rita Semel–related topic … she will be honored by the San Francisco Foundation with the 2012 Community Leadership Award on Oct. 2 at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.
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