Sunday, June 16, 2013

Gangster Heaven

This photo was taken in the Bialystoker Synagogue's, New York  rear wall memorial plaque. Bugsy Siegel and his father Max are memorialized right next to one another

On the plaques above see the name Max Siegel, Bugsy Siegel's father, whose Hebrew name is "Mordechai Dov B"R ['Ben Reb', son of Mister] Beirush HaLevi" (from the Hebraic tribe of the Levites) and the one for Bugsy whose Hebrew name is "Bairush HaLevi B"R Mordechai Dov HaLevi"; implying that Bugsy was named after his grandfather who predeceased his birth.

I wonder how much was paid for the plaque just following Siegel's, knowing how much Jews care about good neighbors in death, not much I suppose.


  1. Being that בערוש is the yiddish equivalent for דוב , I suspect that it should be דוד instead. Also Bugsy's hebrew name is בנימין not בערוש

    1. I am not sure why you are determining Bugsy to be Binyamin in Hebrew. I asked a few people who grew up praying in the Bialystoker Synagogue and they confirmed it is indeed Bugsy who the plaque was placed for