Steve Lurie matriculated at Hyde Park High School in Johannesburg in 1970 and in 1972 obtained a Diploma in Agriculture from Cedara Agricultural College. He worked for 28 years at Hillside Farm in Balfour, Mpumalanga. From 2004 to 2014 he served as the National Chairman of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) – this was his fourth term of office. He served on the board of Beit Emanuel for 15 years, a number of those as Vice Chairman. Prior to being involved with Beit Emanuel he was the past president of Temple Emet in Springs. Steve served on the management committees for both the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the South African Zionist Federation, and sat on the Executive Board for the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) for a number of years. He is currently retired and lives in Bantry Bay, Cape Town with his wife Rahle.