FRATERNITY NEWS

FridayPiday: Aaron Ratner

New York’s Smorgasburg, America’s largest open-air food market, is described as “the Woodstock of eating.” So, yeah, it’s a big deal. Smorgasburg—which attracts around 30,000 people each weekend—is highly selective as far as the vendors it partners with. Out of hundreds of yearly applicants, coordinators seek highly motivated vendors who not only have great ideas but have given thought to their marketing and production strategies. For a chef fresh out of culinary school, getting a vendor’s spot is the kind of “big break” needed to gain name recognition and kickstart a successful career. After interviewing last October, Brother Aaron Ratner [...]

AEPi Celebrates Shabbat on Nearly 100 Campuses Around the World

Approximately 100 chapters of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity, the world’s leading Jewish college fraternity, are virtually celebrating Shabbat together this month with AEPi’s Shabbat Across AEPi program. During Shabbat Across AEPi, chapters from the United States, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom and Australia, join together on two Friday nights (November 1 and November 8, 2019) to celebrate Shabbat. To make the Shabbat more memorable, AEPi International provided undergraduate Brothers with an AEPi Shabbag, a portable Shabbat kit, that includes a Shabbat and Havadallah blessings card (including a special AEPi Brotherhood Blessing), Shabbat candles, AEPi matches, an AEPi Challah cover, [...]

Meet the Founders

Alpha Epsilon Pi’s heritage stems from 11 young Jewish men who banded together under New York City's Washington Square Arch in 1913. Known to Brothers as the “Immortal Eleven," the founders of AEPi were young men of serious purpose. They were employed during the day, came from middle-class homes and sought to get ahead by taking night classes at New York University. In the spirit of our Founders Day on November 7, let’s take a moment to meet each one. Pictured here are members of the Alpha chapter as they were shown and described from the pages of the New [...]

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FridayPiday: Aaron Ratner

New York’s Smorgasburg, America’s largest open-air food market, is described as “the Woodstock of eating.” So, yeah, it’s a big deal. Smorgasburg—which attracts around 30,000 people each weekend—is highly selective as far as the vendors it partners with. Out of hundreds of yearly applicants, coordinators seek highly motivated vendors who not only have great ideas but have given thought to their marketing and production strategies. For a chef fresh out of culinary school, getting a vendor’s spot is the kind of “big break” needed to gain name recognition and kickstart a successful career. After interviewing last October, Brother Aaron Ratner [...]

FridayPiday: Ariel Vetzler (Bar Ilan, 2020)

Last weekend, more than 100 undergraduate and alumni Brothers, volunteers and staff came together in Oxford for leadership development at European Conclave. Altogether, there were seventeen chapters in attendance for this annual event from schools in Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. Brother Ariel Vetzler (Bar Ilan, 2020) detailed the weekend experience of a lifetime that he had with six of his other Brothers from the Vav chapter at Bar Ilan University.   “The U.K. is the greatest. I’m not sure if it was because of the people [at conclave] or because London was so pretty, but I […]

FridayPiday: Brad Meltzer (Michigan, 1992)

Brother Brad Meltzer’s (Michigan, 1992) biography reads like the background of one of the characters from his bestselling novels: both his fiction and non-fiction books have made the New York Times Bestsellers List (his most recent thriller, The Escape Artist even debuted at #1); he’s won worldwide acclaim for his children’s books; his comic book, Justice League of America, has won the prestigious Eisner Award; his new cartoon TV show based on his children’s books will debut on PBS on November 11; he hosts TV shows on H2 and the History Channel; and, he’s also responsible for helping to find […]

FridayPiday: Bryan Ruef (Cal State – Fullerton, 2020)

For first responders, getting there fast is everything. Mere seconds can be a matter of life or death in emergency situations, which is why Brother Bryan Ruef (Cal State - Fullerton, 2020) was surprised to learn how inefficient some emergency dispatch solutions can be. A California native, Brother Ruef grew up in Mission Viejo, California and is currently studying engineering at California State University, Fullerton where he joined the Chi Phi chapter of AEPi. In high school, he volunteered as a Police Explorer with the local Sheriff’s office. It was through those experiences that he developed his interest in law [...]

AEPi VOICES

Voices: Jonathan Handler

Jonathan Handler (UC Riverside, 2019) I remember the day clearly. It was April 13th, 2016. I had class at noon so I was just waking up and starting to get ready when I heard the email notification coming from my phone. “Chi Rho Decision Letter.” My heart jumped a beat, “nationals” had finally gotten back to us! I open the email expecting us to be fine. Remember, I had just gone through the New Member process and was finally a Brother. I was ready for AEPi to change my college experience. The first two sentences read, “We regret to inform [...]

Voices: One Year After Tree of Life

Alex Cohen (Pittsburgh, 2022) Jewish Pittsburgh is my home. It’s fair to say that I had a traditional Jewish upbringing: my parents and I would go to synagogue, I was Bar Mitzvahed and I participated in BBYO and Friendship Circle. Although I’m not from Squirrel Hill, I spent almost every weekend there. My grandparents used to attend the Tree of Life congregation and I knew their friends there, and I had spent time at the temple myself. I remember last October 27 all too vividly. I woke up to sirens at the hospital across the street but just brushed it [...]

Voices: How Sukkot Changed My Life

Ben Selzer (West Virginia, 2017) When I first arrived at West Virginia University, I didn’t know many people. I was looking for friends, I wasn’t part of a community. When I met my roommate and he introduced himself as Jewish, I was surprised because Morgantown, West Virginia is the last place I expected to meet other Jewish students. Aside from participating in BBYO my junior year of high school, I was not very involved in the Jewish world, so I was slightly hesitant when my roommate told me about celebrating Sukkot at the Chabad House. In hindsight, attending that event [...]

SUBMIT FRATERNITY NEWS

AEPi is always looking for good news and stories about our undergraduates, alumni and partners. We feature such stories on this site’s weekly #FridayPiday section and in our quarterly publication, The Lion. Send us some news!