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Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures 

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Updated June 2, 2019 31.1k views 97 items

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

Age: Dec. at 35 (1906-1941)

Years active: 1921-1940 Abraham "Kid Twist" Reles (; May 10, 1906 – November 12, 1941) was a New York mobster who was widely considered the most feared hit man for Murder, Inc., the enforcement contractor for ...more
Abe Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures

Age: Dec. at 76 (1892-1968)

Years active: 1910s-1960s Abe Bernstein (c. 1892 – March 7, 1968) was a Detroit gangster and a leader of the infamous Prohibition-era Purple Gang with his brothers Joseph Bernstein, Raymond Bernstein, and Isadore ...more
Abraham Landau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abraham Landau

Age: Dec. at 40 (1895-1935)

Years active: 1920s-1930s Dutch Schultz (born Arthur Simon Flegenheimer; August 6, 1901 – October 24, 1935) was a New York City-area German-Jewish-American mobster of the 1920s and 1930s who made his fortune in organized ...more
Abner Zwillman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abner "Longy" Zwillman Newark, New Jersey

Age: Dec. at 60 (1899-1959)

Years active: 1910s-1950s Abner "Longie" Zwillman (July 27, 1904 – February 27, 1959) was an American mob boss, mainly active during Prohibition, operating primarily in North Jersey.
Abraham Friedman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures

Age: Dec. at 42 (1897-1939)

Years active: 1920s-1930s Abraham "Whitey" Friedman (c. 1897 – April 25, 1939) was a New York mobster and former associate of Nathan "Kid Dropper" Kaplan and later for labor racketeers Louis ...more
Abraham Telvi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures

Age: Dec. at 22 (1934-1956)

Years active: 1950s This article contains past and inactive members of the Lucchese crime family, who have been killed, died or became informants.
Abraham Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Abraham Weinberg

Age: Dec. at 38 (1897-1935)

Years active: 1920s-1930s Abraham "Bo" Weinberg (January 7, 1900 – September 9, 1935) was a Jewish New York City mobster who became a hitman and chief lieutenant for the Prohibition-era gang boss Dutch Schultz. ...more
Albert Tannenbaum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Albert "Tick–tock" Tannenbaum Nanticoke, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 70 (1906-1976)

Years active: 1920s-1950s Albert Tannenbaum (January 17, 1906 – November 1976), nicknamed Allie or Tick-Tock, was a Jewish-American hitman for Murder, Inc., the enforcement arm of the National Crime Syndicate, during the ...more
Alex Birns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Alex "Shondor" Birns

Age: Dec. at 68 (1907-1975)

Alex Birns (February 21, 1907 – March 29, 1975), best known as Shondor Birns, was a notorious Jewish-American mobster and racketeer from Cleveland, Ohio, who was once labeled as the city's ...more
Andrei Katz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Andrei Katz

Age: Dec. at 23 (1952-1975)

Years active: 1960s-1970s Andrei Katz (1952 – June 13, 1975) was a Romanian 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 ...more
Arnold Rothstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
New York City, New York

Age: Dec. at 46 (1882-1928)

Years active: 1900s-1920s Arnold Rothstein (January 17, 1882 - November 6, 1928) nicknamed "the Brain", was an American racketeer, businessman and gambler who became a kingpin of the Jewish mob in New York ...more
Bugsy Siegel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
New York City, USA, Williamsburg

Age: Dec. at 41 (1906-1947)

Years active: 1910s-1940s Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (February 28, 1906 – June 20, 1947) was an American mobster. Siegel was known as one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". Described ...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

Age: Dec. at 73 (1889-1962)

Years active: 1900-1941 Benjamin "Dopey Benny" Fein (c. 1889–1962) was an early Jewish American gangster who dominated New York labor racketeering in the 1910s. With a criminal record dating back to 1900, ...more
Benjamin Tannenbaum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Benjamin Tannenbaum

Age: Dec. at 35 (1906-1941)

Years active: 1920s-1930s Benjamin "Benny the Boss" Tannenbaum (c. 1906 – February 6, 1941) was a New York mobster involved in narcotics and the fur rackets as well as a mob accountant for labor racketeer Louis ...more
Bernard Rosencrantz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Bernard Rosencrantz

Age: Dec. at 33 (1902-1935)

Years active: 1920s-1930s Bernard "Lulu" Rosenkrantz (1902 – October 25, 1935) was a New York mobster and Dutch Schultz's chauffeur and bodyguard. He was shot at the Palace Chophouse in Newark, New Jersey, on ...more
Boris Nayfeld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Boris Nayfeld
Years active: 1970s-1990s Boris 'Biba' Nayfeld (Russian: Борис 'Биба' Найфельд, Belarusian: Барыс 'Біба' Нейфелд) is a former Belarusian/Russian mob boss and heroin trafficker, who operated out of Brighton Beach, New ...more
Charles Solomon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Charles "King" Solomon

Age: Dec. at 49 (1884-1933)

Years active: 1900s-1930s Charles "King" Solomon (1884 – January 24, 1933) was a Russian-born mob boss who controlled Boston's bootlegging, narcotics, and illegal gambling during the Prohibition era.
Charles Birger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures

Age: Dec. at 47 (1881-1928)

Years active: 1919-1928 Charles "Charlie" Birger, (born Shachna Itzak Birger, February 5, 1881 – April 19, 1928), was an American bootlegger during the Prohibition period in Southern Illinois.
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

Age: Dec. at 30 (1949-1979)

Years active: 1970s Harvey "Chris" Rosenberg (also known as Chris DeMeo) (October 6, 1950 – May 11, 1979) was a member of the DeMeo crew run by Gambino crime family soldier Roy DeMeo. The gang is ...more
David Berman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Williamsburg, Virginia

Age: 52

Years active: 1916-1957 David Cloud Berman (born David Craig Berman; January 4, 1967 – August 7, 2019) was an American musician, singer, poet and cartoonist best known for his work with indie-rock band the Silver Jews. ...more
Dutch Schultz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
New York City, New York

Age: Dec. at 34 (1901-1935)

Years active: 1910s-1930s Dutch Schultz (born Arthur Simon Flegenheimer; August 6, 1901 – October 24, 1935) was a New York City-area German-Jewish-American mobster of the 1920s and 1930s who made his fortune in organized ...more
Emanuel Weiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
New York City, New York

Age: Dec. at 38 (1906-1944)

Years active: 1920s-1930s Emanuel "Mendy" Weiss (June 11, 1906 – March 4, 1944) was a New York organized crime figure who was an associate of the notorious Louis Buchalter and part of Buchalter's criminal ...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 Borisovich Agron (Russian: Евсей Борисович Агрон, tr. Yevsei Borisovich Agron; 25 January 1932 – 4 May 1985) was boss of New York City's Russian Mafia during the 1970s and 1980s. Known for ...more
Frank Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 79 (1929-2008)

Years active: 1960s-1980s Frank Lawrence "Lefty" Rosenthal (June 12, 1929 – October 13, 2008) was a professional sports bettor, former Las Vegas casino executive, and organized crime associate. Martin ...more
George Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures
George Weinberg

Age: Dec. at 38 (1901-1939)

Years active: 1920s-1930s George Weinberg (1901 – January 29, 1939) was a New York mobster and, with brother Abraham Weinberg, an associate of Dutch Schultz as a mob accountant during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1935, ...more