S: From Generation to Generation
FC: Jade Gabrielle Nowitz April 2001 | Jenny Goldberg 1899-1990
1: What's in a name? When we were looking for names to name our new baby girl, we knew we wanted to name her after Pam's great-grandmother : Jenny Goldberg. She was a women who had a deep understanding of life, love, family and all that goes with it. She was kind and gentle and everyone loved her.
2: Jade was a sweet, smiling baby. We are blessed to have her in our lives.
3: Jade Gabrielle Nowitz April 30, 2001
4: Jenny and Herschel
5: The country we call Lithuania today was part of a province/governate of Czarist Russia. The Czar ruled the land. He was Russian so Lithuania was part of the Russian Empire. Jenny was born in Lithuania in 1899. She lived in Poland until she was about 19 or 20.
6: Jenny was about 19 or 20 when she married her first husband, Joseph Epelbaum. This was an arranged marriage. He went to fight in WW1. Unfortunately he died in the war. Jenny was pregnant at the time.
7: Herschel was born in 1919 in Souvalkie, Poland. He never knew his biological father. Life was hard in Poland for a single mother in those days.
8: Jenny - age 21.
9: Trouble was brewing in Poland and Jenny made the decision to leave for South Africa. Between 1880 and 1910 the Jewish population of South Africa swelled. The new arrivals were fleeing persecution and pogroms in Europe. Jenny and her young son boarded a boat bound for South Africa. | Leaving Poland
10: When they arrived in Cape Town they went to stay with the Friedman family. They were relatives of Jenny's who lived in Oranjizicht in Cape Town. | Herschel was seven when they arrived in Cape Town. The boat trip was long and tiring and they were both sea sick. It took them about six weeks to reach Cape Town. | Arriving in South Africa
11: The Friedman Family were able to afford to send Herschel to a school in Cape Town called S. A .C .S and Jenny went to work. A few years later she was introduced to a man called Nathan Goldberg, She married him when Herschel was 16 years old in 1935. Nathan adopted Herschel and he became his father. They were such a happy couple., who had a deep love for one another. Nathan was significantly older then Jenny but he gave her the security and love that she had not had. They then adopted a friend's daughter. Her name was Sheila. Sheila's parents had died and she became Herschel's sister.
12: Nathan and Herschel
13: Nathan started a kosher butchery in Cape Town called "Goldenbergs" in 1939. Soon after that Herschel finished school and the family decided to move to Johannesburg. | S. A. C. S. First Fifteen Rugby Team - 1936 | Nathan and Jenny | "Goldenberg's" Kosher Meats
14: Jenny and Nathan kept a strictly kosher home. Nathan's parents were a Rabbi and Rebbertson. They kept shabbas and Nathan used to daven every morning. For Rosh Hashanah they would move into a kosher hotel called "The Connoisseur" across the road from the shul. Jenny was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain. There was not a thing she could not make -Kichel, Tzimmes, Kugel, Kneidalach, Gefilta Fish - all the traditional Jewish foods. | Jenny, Nathan, Herschel and Sheila
15: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Herschel met Jose on a blind date. It was "love at first sight" for both of them.
16: Herschel met his future wife, Jose, through an aunt. His aunt was given her number by Jose's mother, Anita. Herschel was 28 and Jose was 20. They arranged to meet and fell madly in love. They were engaged within three months. They got married on July 11, 1948 at The Wolmarans Street Shul. | Herschel and Jose's Wedding
18: Herschel and Jose spent fun times together in their early marriage.
19: Family was very important to them and they soon had two daughters. Sharon was born on June 1, 1949 Michele was born on April 19, 1952
20: Two boys soon followed the two girls and the family was complete. Jonathan was born on September 14, 1953 Gerald was born on May 23, 1955
21: Josie, her mother - Anita, and her father - Sam
22: Nathan died on May 24, 1965. He was 86 years old. Jenny still had the love of her "sonny boy" Herschel. He took care of her. Herschel used to shop with Jenny and bring her fruits and vegetables. He sent a delivery of meat and fish from the butchery and the fishery next door every week. Herschel had the utmost respect for his mother. There was nothing he would not do for her. Jose always used to say "you can see a good man by how he treats his mother". | Granny Nita, Granny Jenny and Grandpa Sam used to have such fun times together, They would sing and laugh.
23: Granny Jenny was the most amazing person. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She had an open home and was always ready to welcome people. Granny Jenny loved people, the more the merrier. Nothing was ever too much for her. | She was the matriarch of the family, the peacemaker, advisor and a good listener.
24: Goldenberg's | The butchery was a prominent kosher butchery in Doornfontein, Johannesburg. Herschel worked hard to grow the business. He had two partners - Joe Bubbly and Robert Katz. Next door there was a fishery called "Table Bay Fisheries". This was also part of the business and was kosher too.
25: Great Grandparents | Grandparents | Parents | Jose Golderg (Meyer) | Herschel Goldberg | Pauline Lever (Voloshen) | Bennie Lever | Ivy Tolkin ( Blieden ) | Dave Tolkin | Jenny Nowitz (Sacks) | Sam Nowitz | Family Tree
26: Michele married Michael Lever on February 27, 1972. They were married at Sydenham Highlands North Synagogue in Johannesburg.
27: Pamela was born on December 26, 1972. She was the first grandchild for Herschel and Jose. They were so excited!
29: Herschel and Jose were very happily married. They were each others everything. Herschel was an upstanding member of the Jewish community in Johannesburg. He was on the board at the shul and was a true mensch.
30: Pam and Raoul met in Johannesburg, South Africa. They dated for seven years and then married on August 19, 1998. They moved to Atlanta, Georgia where Raoul did an MBA at Emory University and Pam began teaching at The Epstein School.
31: Jade was born on April 30, 2001. She was the first grandchild on the Lever/Goldberg side.
32: What a munchkin; always a poser. . .
33: Growing Up!
34: Family Moments
35: Jade, This scrapbook reflects the rich history and deep values of your family from past to present. May you continue to embrace these wonderful values and your family's contribution to community and life. May you take the wonderful attributes from your Granny Jenny and apply them in your life, passing them on to your future generations. We all love you and wish you health, happiness and success as you continue to grow. Love always, Mom and Dad