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Gideon Hoffer

Gideon Hoffer, 82, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died after sunset on 05 November 2022.

The Funeral was held at Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 on Tuesday, 08 November 2022 at 11:00 AM .

Rabbi Nadav Caine officiated. Interment at Beth Israel Memorial Garden in Arborcrest Cemetery, 2521 Glazier Way, Ann Arbor MI 48105.

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For friends and family unable to attend in person, they may view the funeral service by clicking on one of the following two ways:
Gideon Hoffer funeral service on ZOOM
Gideon Hoffer funeral service on Beth Israel Congregation’s YouTube Channel

Family and friends will be gathering immediately following the interment through Tuesday evening at Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Shiva will continue on Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the residence, 22 Haverhill Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

“I wasn’t lost, I knew exactly where I was. You were lost!” said Gideon Hoffer from the hotel, as the rest of the family waited at the museum, wondering where he had disappeared to.

Sadly, the story of his adventures (and misadventures) won’t add any more chapters, as he passed away November 5th due to a highly aggressive bladder cancer. Thankfully, he was surrounded by family and friends when he said “Shalom” for the last time.

A few months ago, he was eating gelato in Capri with his daughter Ronit and granddaughter Aviella, doing his favorite thing — traveling with his family. He leaves behind his wife Carol, who shared trips all over the globe. Ronit and her husband Matt Schwartz also have a pair of boys, Amitai and Aitan, while his son Ori has his daughter Ilana, fianceé Lisa Ratner, and Ilana’s mother Lorine Dolby Hoffer.

But family is more than just blood relations, as his circle of friends covered the tennis courts (where he could still beat his son at the age of 75), poker tables, Benny’s Lunch Bunch, and so much more. His sophisticated side loved the symphony and opera, but he was just as comfortable cursing refs, interceptions, and bad shots at Michigan football and basketball games (a lesson he passed on to his son and granddaughter).

He was a Chief Financial Officer at a series of entrepreneurial ventures, often on the cutting edge of technology, though he also took on the adventure of running a food truck business, well before they were on every corner.

Fiercely protective of his homeland Israel, he was a great supporter of many Jewish charities such as Federation, Jewish Family Services, and others.

In the end, he may not have been lost that day in Jerusalem, but losing him now will be felt by everyone who had the pleasure of his company.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County https://jfsannarbor.org/