Mensch of the Year


Every year, Solomon Society awards the Mensch of the Year to someone who leads by example, is involved “behind the scenes,” and serves “beyond the call of duty.” 

Stephen Kaufman

2019 Mensch of the Year

Stephen Kaufman has been active with Solomon Society since the beginning, and is a long-time leader with Jewish Federation & Family Services, most recently serving on the JFFS Board as Vice Chair, Nominations and Governance.


Steve contributes his talents to the Orange County Jewish community at large, as well, having served on TVT’s Board of Directors (where his daughter, Chana Dina, went to school) since 2013, and is currently in his third year as Board Chair. Steve has also served on the Board of Directors of his synagogue, Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine, and was president twice. A life-long musician who has his own band, Steve acts as a chazzan at Beth Jacob and is choir director there.


Professionally, Steve is a family law attorney at Kaufman Steinberg, LLP, and has been recognized for his pro bono legal work serving JFFS clients. He is the proud father of daughter Chana Dina Kaufman, who currently attends Duke University.

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