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Jewish American Mobsters and Organized Crime Figures

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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.
  • New York City, New York

    AgeDec. 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 the National...  more
  • 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 Bernstein....  more
  • 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
  • Newark, New Jersey

    AgeDec. at 59 (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. ...  more
  • 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 "Lepke" Buchalter and Jacob...  more
  • Years active: 1950s
    This article contains past and inactive members of the Lucchese crime family, who have been killed, died or became informants....  more
  • 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. As Schultz...  more
  • Nanticoke, Pennsylvania


    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 (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 "Public...  more
  • 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
  • New York City, New York

    AgeDec. 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 City. Rothstein was...  more
  • New York City, USA

    AgeDec. 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 as handsome and...  more
  • New York City, New York


    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, Fein's arrest...  more
  • 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 "Lepke"...  more
  • 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 October 23,...  more
  • 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 York...  more
  • 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....  more
  • 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....  more
  • Canarsie, New York City

    AgeDec. at 29 (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 suspected of between...  more
  • Williamsburg, Virginia


    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
  • New York City, New York

    AgeDec. 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
  • New York City, New York

    AgeDec. at 37 (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 organization known...  more
  • 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 his...  more
  • Chicago, Illinois

    AgeDec. 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 Scorsese's film Casino...  more
  • 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, following...  more