Age 87, of East Lansing, MI, passed away November 13, 2014. He was born February 2, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Morris and Ida Hoffman.

Rabbi Hoffman was a graduate of Western Reserve University and Hebrew Union College. He served as chaplain in the U.S. Army in Japan. He also served as Rabbi in multiple cities in the U.S. and Israel, most recently for 17 years with Congregation Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing.

Surviving are:  daughters Sharona (Andy Podgurski) Hoffman, Ronit Hoffman, Dalia Hoffman, and Yael (Andrew Skol) Hoffman; grandsons Yoni Hoffman Skol, Ezra Hoffman Skol and Avi Hoffman Skol; nieces, nephews, and many other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Aviva; 2 brothers Joseph and Irwin; and 2 sisters Nettie and Helen.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek with Rabbi Amy Bigman and Cantor Pamela Schiffer officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation Shaarey Zedek – Aviva Hoffman Tzedakah Fund or any other fund at Shaarey Zedek or to Sparrow Hospice Services. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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18 Messages to “Rabbi Morton Hoffman”

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    Jesse Lachter Says:

    The synagogue in Haifa which was led by Rabbi Hoffman continues to exist as a Reform community, and is one of the many testimonials to the lasting effects which continue after the passing of Rabbi Hoffman. He affected people and inspired them on both continents, and may knowledge of this be part of the comfort for his family and all who mourn him.

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    Dara & Alan Finkelstein Says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and wish you peace and comfort during this sad time.

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    Marcia and Bill Silver Says:

    We have so many fond memories of he times we shared together at Temple Beth Am in Miami. We enjoyed Mort chanting as much as he he enjoyed it himself. Family was first with Mort and the close relationship he had with his family was a blessing for all to see and observe in their own home.
    We will miss you, Mort, but we know that your “girls” will carry on your proud tradition and we wish them the best of health and many years of happiness.

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