Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein, Meyer “Murder, Inc.” Lansky, Ben “Bugsy” Siegel, Abe “Kid Twist” Reles, Albert “Tick Tock” Tanenbaum, Sam “Red” Levine . . . these are just some of the names associated with Jewish organized crime in the early twentieth century. Behind each name lies an immigrant history and Orthodox Jewish roots.
But how did kids from respectable Jewish families grow up to become some of the most notorious criminals of all time?
In the fourth lecture of his ‘History of Jews in North America’ series, Rabbi Dunner unravels some of the personal stories, and throws light on the history of the “Kosher Nostra”.