Obituary: Myra Lovett Breakstone


Lifelong Israel Advocate and Community Activist dies at 99

Myra Lovett Breakstone (Contributed photo)

Myra Lovett Breakstone passed away peacefully on December 31, only hours before the beginning of the new year, just four months shy of her 100th birthday. A resident of Great Neck since 1954, she lived her 99 wonderful years to the fullest, all but the last two completely independently.

Her life was characterized perhaps more than anything else by her love for and dedication to family, the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Influenced deeply as a young
woman by the horror of the Holocaust, she became a lifelong Hadassah volunteer, serving for decades as the president of its Great Neck Herzl chapter, during which time she mentored countless women while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Jewish state, which she and her husband, Robert, would eventually make their second home, dividing their time between their children and grandchildren there and in the United States

Her lifetime of service to others included many years as a girl scout leader, decades of involvement in the civil rights movement together with her husband, and serving as a founding member of Temple Isaiah. She was not only a loving, caring and giving mother to her own children but found a special place as well in the hearts of many of their friends who continued to stay in touch with her regularly until just days before her death.

Mrs. Breakstone also helped raise a generation of children on Kibbutz Tzora, working as a nanny in its baby house for more than 20 years, while her husband served as the community’s dentist.

She is survived by her four children and their partners – Judy, Diane and Tom, David and Gabriela, and Amy and John – as well as by 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, all of whom cherish the abundance of love she showered upon them.

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-Submitted by the Breakstone family

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