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David Breitowitz

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David Breitowitz, Z"L, 85, of West Hartford, died Friday, (August 22, 2003) (24th of Av 5763) after a week at Hartford Hospital, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 63 years, of Helen Breitowitz. David was born in Krosnow, Poland, the son of the late Moshe and Rachel Leah Breitowitz. David and Helen lost their parents and many family members in the Holocaust. They spent the World War II years exiled in Siberia having escaped Nazi occupied Poland into Russia. Immediately after the War, David enabled hundreds of individuals to leave the Displaced Persons Camps in Germany and Poland to resettle in the U.S.A. and Israel. In 1949, David and Helen began their new life in America, initially in New York and then Hartford. They were blessed with two children, Irving and Louis. In spite of the financial burden involved, David and Helen made the difficult sacrifice to give intensive Jewish education to their sons starting at the former Yeshiva of Hartford and later the Ner Israel Yeshiva in Baltimore, MD. David and Helen Breitowitz have been longtime active and very beloved members of the Young Israel of West Hartford and active supporters of many charities: Hadassah, Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford, Ner Israel Yeshiva, the Holocaust Museum and other Institutions in Israel. Besides his wife Helen, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Irving Breitowitz and his wife Sally of Silver Spring, MD and Louis Breitowitz and his wife Anita of Toronto, Canada. Irving currently serves as Professor of Law at University of Maryland and Rabbi of Woodside Synagogue, Maryland and Louis Breitowitz currently serve as Rabbi and Dean of Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Toronto, Canada. David leaves nine cherished grandchildren, Moshe, Yehudis, Rachel Leah, Yaakov Yitzchak, Sarah, Avigail, Devorah Gittle, Elisheva, and Meir Getzel; he also leaves two sisters, Eda Slota of the Bronx, NY and Hanka Seiden of Bayside, NY; and numerous nieces, nephews; and great nieces and nephews. Mr. Breitowitz had a smile for everyone and many many lifelong friends and admirers who will miss him deeply. His memory should be a blessing. Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 24, 2003 at the Agudas Achim Synagogue, West Hartford with Rabbis Shlomo Yaffe, Irving and Louis Breitowitz and Irving's son Moshe and Rabbi Martin Rosenfeld providing eulogies. Interment was at the First Ludmir Association Cemetery, Wethersfield. Shiva is observed at the Breitowitz home, 1 Sioux Lane, West Hartford through Friday afternoon with services in the morning at 6:45 a.m. and afternoon/evening services at 7:20 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Young Israel of West Hartford, 2240 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117, Hadassah Chapter in Hartford, 740 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117 or Ner Israel Yeshiva, 400 Mount Wilson Lane, Baltimore, MD 21215. Funeral arrangements provided by the Hebrew Funeral Association, Inc., 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 26, 2003
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