AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Mobsters
The best known Jewish gangsters – Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, Mickey Cohen – were involved in the numbers rackets, illegal drug dealing, prostitution, gambling and loan sharking. The roots of Jewish gangsterism lay in the ethnic neighborhoods of the Lower East Side; Brownsville, Brooklyn; Maxwell Street in Chicago; and Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. Find out more about this unsavory crowd, from the Brownsville Boys to Julius Bernstein, the last Jewish mobster.
Jim Ryan, a TCC member and history buff – whose interests range from economic history to history of piracy – gave a talk last year on Jewish pirates of the Caribbean and made the connection between pirates and gangsters and how one culture influenced and inspired the other. This year’s program is a follow-up on that earlier talk. Jim’s novel, The Pirates of New York, is available for download via Kindle.
Please join us for a tasty pot-luck dessert following our Shabbat service and cultural program. Childcare provided for children 11 and younger.
All are welcome at this free event.