Three brothers, three baby girls, three months

Jayne Bloom of San Carlos raised four strapping sons. So once her boys grew up and married, Bloom understandably longed for at least one granddaughter. This past summer, she got her wish.

In triplicate.

Three of the four Bloom boys welcomed daughters into this world, all within six weeks of each other.

Pim and Gary Bloom of Sunnyvale are the parents of Leah Pavikah Bloom, born July 27. Zoe Valentina Bloom was born Aug. 26 to Grecia and Joel Bloom of Oakland. Pearl Elizabeth Bloom came into the world Sept. 9, daughter of Sophia and Eric Bloom, currently living in Cambodia.

“Something must have been in the air,” says Joel Bloom, 32. “We thought, ‘Is this really happening?’ But we were happier for my mother.”

The Bloom boys (there’s a fourth, David, still single) all became b’nai mitzvah at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills and all took teen trips to Israel. But the three married Blooms took foreign-born non-Jewish women as wives: Joel met his Mexican wife, Grecia, in France. Gary met his wife, Pim, a Thai native, while he was living in Bangkok. And Eric’s wife, Sophia, is Cambodian.

“There are some Bloom traits [the babies] all have, like the Bloom chin,” says Gary Bloom, 35. “But they don’t really look that much alike.”

Gary and Joel have not yet seen Eric’s baby, Pearl, but Jayne Bloom recently traveled to Thailand to be with her son Eric, 33, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter (she brought along several boxes of matzah meal, a product in short supply in Thailand).

“In this little town we were the only Caucasians in the whole hospital,” says Jayne Bloom. “But seeing the babies in that row of bassinets, I had no problem picking out my granddaughter. She had a perfect nose. She was the Jimmy Durante of the nursery.”

While in Bangkok, Bloom took some time to stop in at the Chabad House there. (There may be no more than a handful of Jews in Thailand, but Chabad is there to serve them.)

Jayne Bloom reports that most of the Bloom sons are either JewBus (Jewish Buddhists) or non-religious, but all hope to impart Jewish values and culture to their children.

“We’ll teach our daughter Jewish principles, ” says Gary Bloom.

Meanwhile Jayne Bloom is looking forward to Chanukah this year, when all her children and grandchildren will be together under one roof, at least for a little while.

“I love my sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren very much,” she says. “I hope I can have some influence as the Jewish grandmother.”

Dan Pine

Dan Pine is a contributing editor at J. He was a longtime staff writer at J. and retired as news editor in 2020.