CLINTON TWP., NJ – The history of the Mob and that of the Jewish people in America are intertwined. It’s a history that Myron Sugerman, author of the recently released book “The Chronicles of The Last Jewish Gangster: From Meyer to Myron,” knows all too well.
Sugerman - an atypical historian, storyteller, and ex-mobster - will present an evening of stories on Thursday, Dec. 12, gleaned from first-hand experiences and family connections with some of the most infamous Jewish mobsters. He’ll chronicle the earliest days of the Mafia to the present day, spinning stories of the Mob from a Jewish viewpoint.
Prison life, suitcases of cash from Meyer Lanksy’s Las Vegas casinos to Israel in the 1940s and more will all be part of the program, which will be held at Chabad of Hunterdon County.
“Bugsy Siegel worked well with the Italians and brought in more Jews such as Louis Rush and Sam ‘Red’ Levine, who kept kosher and wore a kippah,” said Sugerman during one of his latest speaking engagements. “Levine’s orders were, ‘Never kill anyone on Shabbos unless it is absolutely necessary!’”
Sugerman’s talk is a must see; a front row seat and historical perspective on scenarios about which we have long heard: Whether Jack Ruby was “a Jewish patriot;” fighting the American Nazi Party; Arnie Rothstein’s fix of the World Series; Truman defying his own Cabinet; bootlegging; Siegel; Lansky; the Stern Gang; guns and Swiss bank accounts helping form the State of Israel; the Mossad; David Ben-Gurion; and much, more intrigue — all with Jewish connections.
“The Chronicles of the Last Jewish Gangster” will be held at Chabad of Hunterdon, located at 56 Payne Rd. here, next to the Gracie Jiu Jitsu, at 7 p.m. The event is open to all; the cost is $18 per person and includes speaker, fresh Falafel, and drinks. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
For more information or to RSVP visit jewishhunterdon.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org@jewishhunterdon.com or call 908-238-9002.