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A list of Jewish-American gangsters and criminals from throughout US history. This list includes notable Jewish organized crime figures from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. These include members of specifically Jewish criminal organizations, as well as Jews that interacted with some of the most famous American mobsters, along with other criminals and gangland figures.

Several of the Jewish mobsters on the list have become iconic, ranking among the most famous Jewish gangsters ever. Lefty Rosenthal and Arnold Rothstein, for example, have become even more famous as Jewish mobsters, particularly in recent years with their inclusion in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Other Jewish gangsters on the list have also famously inspired characters in film and television. Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, for example, is often credited with the creation of syndicate casinos and Las Vegas, and was portrayed by Warren Beatty in the motion picture Bugsy. Additionally, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal inspired the Robert De Niro character Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Martin Scorsese's Casino.

Abe Reles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abe "Kid Twist" Reles New York City, New York, United States of America Years active: 1921-1940 Abe "Kid Twist" Reles was a New York mobster who was widely considered the most feared hit man for Murder, Inc., the enforcement contractor for the National Crime Syndicate. Reles ...more

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Abe Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abe Bernstein United States of America Years active: 1910s-1960s Abe Bernstein was a Detroit, Michigan gangster and a leader of the infamous Prohibition-era Purple Gang with his brothers Joseph Bernstein, Raymond Bernstein, and Isadore Bernstein. Born in New ...more

Abraham Landau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abraham Landau Years active: 1920s-1930s Abraham "Abe" Landau was the chief henchman for New York gangster Dutch Schultz. Landau was Schultz's most trusted employee, often given tasks that required coolness and cunning rather ...more

Abner Zwillman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abner "Longy" Zwillman Newark, New Jersey, United States of America Years active: 1910s-1950s It is believed that Zwillman was born on July 27, 1904, in Newark, New Jersey. He was forced to quit school in order to support his family after his father's death in 1918. Zwillman first began ...more

Abraham Friedman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abraham Friedman Years active: 1920s-1930s Abraham "Whitey" Friedman was a New York mobster and former associate of Nathan "Kid Dropper" Kaplan and later for labor racketeers Louis "Lepke" Buchalter and ...more

Abraham Telvi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abraham Telvi Years active: 1950s

Abraham Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abraham Weinberg Years active: 1920s-1930s Abraham "Bo" Weinberg was a Jewish New York City mobster who became a hitman and chief lieutenant for the Prohibition-era gang boss Dutch Schultz. As Schultz expanded his bootlegging ...more

Albert Tannenbaum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Albert "Tick–tock" Tannenbaum Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, United States of America Years active: 1920s-1950s Albert Tannenbaum, nicknamed Allie or Tick-Tock, was a Jewish-American hitman for Murder, Inc., the enforcement arm of the National Crime Syndicate, during the 1930s. Tannenbaum was born in ...more

Alex Birns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Alex "Shondor" Birns Alex Birns, best known as Shondor Birns was a notorious Jewish-American mobster and racketeer from Cleveland, Ohio who was once labeled as the city's "Public enemy No. 1" by the local ...more

Andrei Katz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Andrei Katz Years active: 1960s-1970s Andrei Katz was a Romanian-Jewish immigrant living in New York City in the 1970s, where through auto theft and drug dealing he became involved with a faction of the Gambino crime family known as ...more

Arnold Rothstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Arnold "The Brain" Rothstein New York City, New York, United States of America Years active: 1900s-1920s Arnold Rothstein, nicknamed "the Brain", was a Jewish-American racketeer, businessman and gambler who became a kingpin of the Jewish mob in New York. Rothstein was widely reputed to ...more

Bugsy Siegel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel Williamsburg, New York City, New York Years active: 1910s-1940s Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was a Jewish American mobster. Siegel was known as one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". Described as handsome and charismatic, ...more

Benjamin Fein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Benjamin "Dopey Benny" Fein New York City, New York, United States of America Years active: 1900-1941 Benjamin "Dopey Benny" Fein was an early Jewish American gangster who dominated New York labor racketeering in the 1910s. With a criminal record dating back to 1900, Fein's arrest ...more

Benjamin Tannenbaum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Benjamin Tannenbaum Years active: 1920s-1930s Benjamin "Benny the Boss" Tannenbaum was a New York mobster involved in narcotics and the fur rackets as well as a mob accountant for labor racketeer Louis "Lepke" Buchalter ...more

Bernard Rosencrantz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Bernard Rosencrantz Years active: 1920s-1930s Bernard "Lulu" Rosenkrantz was a New York mobster and a member of Dutch Schultz's organization who was shot at the Palace Chophouse in Newark, New Jersey on October 23, 1935.

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Boris Nayfeld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Boris Nayfeld Years active: 1970s-1990s Boris Nayfeld, alias Biba, was a Belarusian/Russian mob boss and heroin trafficker, who operated out of Brighton Beach, New York City.

Charles Solomon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Charles "King" Solomon Years active: 1900s-1930s Charles "King" Solomon was a Jewish-Russian mob boss who controlled Boston's bootlegging, narcotics, and illegal gambling during Prohibition.

Charles Birger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Charles Birger Years active: 1919-1928 Charles Birger was an American bootlegger during the Prohibition period in southern Illinois. His real name was Shachna Itzik Birger, and he emigrated to the United States as a child with his ...more

Chris Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Chris Rosenberg Canarsie, New York City, New York Years active: 1970s Harvey "Chris" Rosenberg was a Jewish-American member of the DeMeo crew run by Gambino crime family soldier Roy DeMeo. The gang is suspected of between 75–200 murders in the mid-1970s ...more

David Berman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
David Berman Williamsburg, Virginia, United States of America Years active: 1916-1957 David Berman is an American poet, cartoonist, and singer-songwriter best known for his work with indie-rock band the Silver Jews.

Dutch Schultz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Dutch Schultz New York City, New York, United States of America Years active: 1910s-1930s Dutch Schultz was a New York City-area German Jewish-American mobster of the 1920s and 1930s who made his fortune in organized crime-related activities, including bootlegging and the numbers ...more

Emanuel Weiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Emanuel Weiss New York City, New York, United States of America Years active: 1920s-1930s Emanuel "Mendy" Weiss was a New York organized crime figure who was an associate of the notorious Louis Buchalter and part of Buchalter's criminal organization known as Murder, Inc. ...more

Evsei Agron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Evsei Agron Years active: 1970s-1980s Evsei Agron was a thief in law and boss of New York City's Russian Mafia during the 1970s and '80s. Born in Leningrad, Agron immigrated to the United States under the Jackson-Vanik Amendment in ...more

Frank Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Years active: 1960s-1980s Frank Lawrence "Lefty" Rosenthal was a professional sports bettor, former Las Vegas casino executive, and organized crime associate. The 1995 Martin Scorsese film Casino is based on ...more

George Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
George Weinberg Years active: 1920s-1930s George Weinberg was a New York mobster and, with brother Abraham Weinberg, an associate of Dutch Schultz as a mob accountant during the 1920s and 30s. In 1935, following the disappearance of his ...more

Gus Greenbaum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Gus Greenbaum Years active: 1910s-1950s Gus Greenbaum was a member of the Chicago Outfit and a syndicate accountant for Las Vegas casino operations. An associate of Meyer Lansky, Greenbaum joined his organization on New York's Lower ...more

Harry Sagansky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Harry "Doc Jasper" Sagansky Years active: 1920s-1990s Harry J. "Doc" Sagansky was a Jewish organized crime figure in Boston who controlled one of city's largest bookmaking operations during the 1950s. He is also the oldest organized crime ...more

Harry Strauss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss New York City, New York, United States of America Years active: 1927-1941 Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss was a prolific contract killer for Murder, Inc. in the 1930s. He purportedly killed over one hundred men using a variety of methods, including: ...more

Harry Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Harry Greenberg United States of America Years active: 1920s-1930s Harry Schachter or Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg was an associate and childhood friend of Bugsy Siegel, and an employee of both Charlie "Lucky" Luciano and Meyer Lansky. On ...more

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Harry Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Harry Horowitz Years active: 1900s-1910s Harry Horowitz, also known as "Gyp the Blood", was an American underworld figure and a leader of the Lenox Avenue Gang in New York City.

Harry Keywell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Harry Keywell Years active: 1920s-1930s Harry Keywell, was a convicted member of Detroit's infamous Purple Gang, which terrorized the city of Detroit during Prohibition. Chicago Police questioned him about the infamous St. Valentine's ...more

Harry Maione is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Harry Maione Years active: 1920s-1930s Harry "Happy" Maione was a New York mobster who served as a hitman for Murder, Inc. during the 1930s. Maione was called "Happy" because his face displayed an eternal scowl.

Harry Rosen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Harry Rosen Toronto, Canada Years active: 1920s-1950s Harry Rosen, CM is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Canadian luxury men's wear store Harry Rosen Inc.

Harry Tietlebaum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Harry Tietlebaum Years active: 1920s-1930s Harry Tietlebaum or Teitelbaum was an American organized crime figure in New York's underworld during Prohibition as he was associated of the Bug and Meyer Mob. He was later part of a major ...more

Herbert Blitzstein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Herbert Blitzstein Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Herbert "Fat Herbie" Blitzstein was a loanshark, bookmaker, racketeer and lieutenant to Tony "The Ant" Spilotro and the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hyman Martin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Hyman "Pittsburgh Hymie" Martin Years active: 1920s-1930s Hyman "Pittsburgh Hymie" Martin was a Pittsburgh mobster and a close associate of Moe Dalitz and Lou Rothkopf. He was seen with Davis and Rothkopf hours before the murder of Cleveland ...more

Hyman Abrams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Hyman Abrams Years active: 1920s-1960s Hyman Abrams was a Boston mobster and high-ranking member under Charles "King" Solomon during Prohibition. He and other members of Solomon's organization took over Boston's criminal ...more

Hyman Amberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Hyman Amberg Years active: 1919-1926 Herman "Hyman" Amberg was a New York mobster who, with his brothers Joseph and Louis, formed one of the prominent criminal gangs during Prohibition. Often acting as an enforcer, he was ...more

Hyman Holtz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Hyman Holtz Years active: 1920s-1930s Hyman "Curly" Holtz, also known as Hyman "Little Hymie" Holtz, was a New York labor racketeer who began working as a labor slugger for Jacob "Little Augie" Orgen ...more

Hyman Larner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Hyman Larner Years active: 1950s-1970s Hyman "Hy" Larner was an American gangster associated with Sam Giancana and the Chicago Outfit. Known in the newspapers as the "The Ivy League Mobster", he was the head of ...more

Ike Bloom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Ike Bloom Ike Bloom was an American businessman, cabaret and nightclub owner in Chicago, Illinois from the turn of the 20th century and throughout Prohibition. An early organized crime figure in Chicago, ...more

Irving Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Irving Feinstein Years active: 1930s Irving "Puggy" Feinstein was a New York mobster involved in illegal gambling and labor racketeering with Louis "Lepke" Buchalter. Puggy had made the mistake of attempting to ...more

Irving Kaye is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Irving Kaye Years active: 1950s-1970s

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Irving, Meyer and William Shap... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Irving, Meyer and William Shapiro Years active: 1920s-1930s

Isadore
Isadore "Kid Cann" Blumenfeld Years active: 1900s-1980s

Isadore Friedman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Isadore Friedman Years active: 1920s-1930s Isadore or Irving Friedman, also known under the alias Danny Field, was a New York mobster and an associate of labor racketeer Louis "Lepke" Buchalter. He later agreed to testify ...more

Jack Zelig is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Jack "Big Jack" Zelig New York City, New York, United States of America Years active: 1890s-1910s "Big" Jack Zelig was an American gangster and one of the last leaders of the Eastman Gang.

Jack Zuta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Jack Zuta Years active: 1910s-1920s John U. "Jack" Zuta was an accountant and political "fixer" for the Chicago Outfit.

Jacob Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro Years active: 1910s-1940s Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro was a New York mobster who, with his partner Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, controlled industrial labor racketeering in New York for two decades and ...more

Jacob
Jacob "Little Augie" Orgen Years active: 1900s-1920s