What do the movies The Godfather, American Gangsters, Goodfellas or TV shows The Soprano’s, Boardwalk Empire, and The Untouchables all have in common? There was always a Jewish gangster character involved!
The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa which will be held on Sunday November 24th at 2:00 pm in the Dan Room will give you the real histories about Jewish gangsters that made up part of the Jewish experience in America. Phil Goldfarb, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa will lead a discussion and presentation on the backgrounds of many famous names that we are familiar with.
“Not many people know that underworld boss Meyer Lansky (born Meyer Suchowljansky) was the only Jew not allowed to stay in Israel, even with the ‘Law of Return’ and offering the Israel government $1 million dollars” according to Goldfarb. “We will talk about some of the more famous Jewish gangsters including Arnold ‘The Brain’ Rothstein who ‘fixed’ the 1919 World Series, Bugsy Segal, the man behind Las Vegas, or name changes for individuals such as Arthur Flegenheimer who became Dutch Schultz and Irving Wexler who became Waxey Gordon. Other famous Jewish gangsters include Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik (Al Capone’s money man) and for those with NY or NJ roots: Abner ‘Longy’ Zwillman, called the Al Capone of New Jersey.” This promises to be an interesting and fun program.
Time at the end of the meeting to help with any genealogy “brick walls” will also be available. New members are always welcome.