25 March 2008

Washington DC: Kosher Nostra, April 13

Ron Aron's' expertise is in researching the lives of criminals (mostly Jews, but others as well), and his book, "The Jews of Sing Sing" will be published this year.

If you haven't caught him at six of the past seven IAJGS annual conferences or at your local genealogy society, here's another opportunity to hear him. In January, he appeared in the PBS documentary, "The Jewish Americans."

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington will host Arons at 1pm Sunday, April 13, at the JCC of Northern Virginia in Fairfax.

In this triple-header talk, Ron provides the "greatest hits" from three of his other presentations. His presentation starts with how he got involved in researching criminals. (It wasn't by choice but, rather, beshert).

Next Ron discusses his research into the thousands of Jews who served time in Sing-Sing Prison "up the river" from New York. His talk concludes with a review of the lives of Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky (neither of whom served time in Sing-Sing) who were life-long friends and the men behind the Fabulous Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

Along the way you will learn about the various types of records available for both a) researching criminals and b) piecing a person's life together (whether the individual is a criminal or not).

For more details, directions and more, click here.

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