Bloom Children

Rosemary Bloom: Rosemary was born in 1963 in South Africa. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating cum laude in 1985. She then did a Master of Law Degree at Cambridge, graduating with a First in 1987. Rosemary qualified at the New York Bar in 1988 and worked as a corporate lawyer at Shearman & Sterling in New York from 1987 to 1989. She then moved to London where she qualified as a Solicitor in 1990 and worked for the law firm Theodore Goddard in entertainment law from 1990 to 1995. Thereafter, she worked for 10 years at the European headquarters of The Walt Disney Company based in London, where her ultimate role was European General Counsel. In 2000 Rosemary married a Frenchman, Emmanuel Marzio and moved to Lyon in 2005. In 2008, she re-qualified as an executive coach and joined the international coaching firm Praesta where she became a partner. Her daughter Sophie was born in London in 2002. Rosemary and Emmanuel were divorced in 2010. Rosemary is involved in numerous charitable activities. Andrew Bloom:  Andrew was born in 1965 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Witwatersrand, graduating in 1986. He then moved to London and worked at NM Rothschild in their Asset Management and Corporate Finance divisions. In 1988 he moved to New York and worked for James D Wolfensohn, a boutique Corporate Advisory firm. Andrew returned to London in 1991 to work for PolyGram (Universal) in their Commercial Division. After three years at PolyGram, Andrew...

Margaret Bloom

Margaret Bloom: Margaret Miller (Margie) was born in South Africa in 1917. She died in 2002. Her parents were Anne Leah Friedman (1898 – 1944) and Morris Miller (1888 – 1951) both born in Lithuania. They met in South Africa and married in 1915. They had three children: Margaret Roslyn, Hilna (1922) and Norma Evelyn (1926). Hilna died at age 2. Margaret’s maternal grandparents were Isaac Friedman and Faiga Zelda Gross. Isaac was a rabbi and they lived in Lithuania which at that time was in Russia in a village near Riga known as Kurshan. Their home languages were Russian and Yiddish. They had six children: Sadie (who died at 35), Joe, Morris, Anne Leah, Rebecca (Becky) and Pauline (Polly). Attached is a photo of the family from 1917 with ages as follows: Back (left to right): Rebecca (Becky) 17, Joe 25, Morris 23, Anne Leah 19. Front (left to right): Pauline Charlotte (Polly) 12, Isaac 53, Faiga Zelda 55, Sadie 21. Margaret’s paternal grandparents were Hillel Miller and Golda (?) who originally lived in Telzh in Lithuania. Hillel was a miller and it is believed that his is one of those stories where at the immigration desk when he arrived in South Africa, when asked for his name and occupation, he gave it incorrectly as “Miller”. It is thought that the rest of the family has the name Simon (derived from something like Sieman). They had six children: Anne, Ida Jack, David, Morris and Philip. Margaret married Joseph (“Joe”) Bloom in 1938 and they had two children, Anthony (“Tony”) and Susan. She was known for her elegance and...

Jaffee Children

Laurie and Jean had four children. Georgina born in 1956; Mark in 1958; Richard in 1960 and Lloyd in 1964. Georgina Jaffee Georgina Jaffee was born in Johannesburg in 1956.After matriculating in South Africa, she completed her A levels in England. She commenced tertiary studies at the University of Witwatersrand, but transferred to the University of Toronto where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. Returning to South Africa in 1982 she worked as a journalist and researcher for Work in Progress, convened and co-ordinated the first South African Review for the Southern African Research Services, and then lectured in the Sociology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand. The primary focus of her research and publishing was on women’s issues, trade unions, co-operatives and industrialisation. In 1989 she founded Cope Affordable Housing (COPE), a non-governmental organisation which developed social housing in the inner-city of Johannesburg. COPE played a major role in formulating new housing policy for the first post-apartheid government.Georgina worked for a number of years as country representative in South Africa for Rooftops Canada, an NGO providing technical support and services for the social housing sector. She received two international awards for her work in this field. She later qualified as an executive coach, providing coaching services to both government and non-governmental organisations. During this time, she also wrote a biography of her great-great uncle, Joffe Marks, A Family Memoir.She has served on numerous boards, including those of the Social Housing Foundation, COPE, and Tolego Eco Village. She was involved in founding the Social Justice Initiative which raises funds to strengthen implementation of the South African Constitution....
Jaffee Family Collection

Jaffee Family Collection

All that follows was written by Georgina Jaffee, donor of the material and an invaluable resource to the Jewish Digital Archive Project (JDAP) for her contributions towards the building of the Jaffee Family collection.   The Jaffee Family Collection primarily consists of images and videos which tell the story of both the Jaffee family, originating with Harry and Bessie and their extended families (Pinn and Bloom) and the family company Premier Milling started by Joffe Marks (uncle to Harry Jaffee) in 1913 some decades after Joffe Marks arrived in South Africa from Plunyan, Lithuania. The company was to grow into the largest milling company in the country. Most of Joffe Marks’s family (Harry his nephew, great-nephews Laurie and Gerald, Harry’s sister Clara’s sons Norman and Joseph Bloom) were employed there during its growth. Most of the family lived in Johannesburg except Gerald, who went to live in Cape Town in the mid 1940’s. The archive contains images of Joffe Marks and his life and engagement with the family in early Johannesburg. It also includes the rediscovery of his Russian relatives after the war. The full story of Joffe Marks and his family is written in a book by Georgina Jaffee entitled Joffe Marks: A Family Memoir, published in 2001. There is a video of the book launch that took place at Premier Milling offices in Johannesburg, 2001. There are beautiful images of Harry and Bessie (née Pinn from Cape Town) and their early life together, including wedding photos and images of their homes, first in Yeoville, and then their second home in Houghton, Johannesburg. There are images of family...