Goldblum was born and raised in West Homestead, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. His mother, Shirley Jane Goldblum (née Temeles; 30 October 1926 – 9 January 2012), was a radio broadcaster who later ran a kitchen equipment and appliances sales firm, and his father, Harold Leonard Goldblum (25 April 1920 – 23 February 1983), was a medical doctor and Major in the US Army during World War II. He has a sister, Pamela, and an older brother, Lee. Another older brother, Rick, died of kidney failure at age 23. His family is Jewish, and had emigrated from Russia and Austria to the U. S. During his childhood, Goldblum belonged to an Orthodox synagogue and had a bar mitzvah.