Bernard “Bernie” Kaufman (1939 - ) was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up around the furniture retail business owned by his parents Rose and Charles Kaufman. He married his wife Barbara in 1961. The couple are parents to Carrie and Andrew.
In 1968, Bernie’s brother Herb extended an offer to work with him in his new business venture: he had just purchased a discount retail store called Wonder World. Soon the enterprise would expand to four locations. Each was open seven days a week, from nine in the morning to nine at night; each store employed about 150 people. The Wonder World stores thrived until the advent of Kmart stores into the Las Vegas market. And like all retail, things changed with the big boxed, discount operations.
The entrepreneurial Bernie then went into the car rental business and later the airport advertising.
Like most early Jewish families, the Kaufmans joined Temple Beth Sholom. Then as the city expanded, they became active in the early formation of Midbar Kodesh Temple in Henderson.View Related Items View Oral History