AEPi response to anti-Semitic incidents and threats

March 8, 2017

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity Issues Security Alert to its 190 Chapters; Praises Positive Response by Undergraduate Brothers to “Heal the World” 

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – In a message sent to its nearly 10,000 undergraduate members on 190 campuses across the world, Alpha Epsilon Pi Executive Director Andy Borans urged brothers to be extra cautious during these increasingly concerning times.

“As one of the most visible Jewish institutions on nearly 190 campuses around the world, we must be both vigilant in our efforts to make our houses, brothers and fellow Jews safe and, at the same time, we should take a role in helping to repair the damage done by this hatred,” said Borans.

Brothers across the world have taken the fraternity’s mission – developing leadership for the Jewish community – to heart. Brothers from Washington University in St. Louis and Drexel University in Philadelphia volunteered to help clean up the Jewish cemeteries which were recently desecrated by anti-Semitic acts. In Florida, AEPi groups, in conjunction with other local groups, have sponsored response training to “active-shooter scenarios” for their campus Jewish community. In response to anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on campus near its house, the AEPi chapter at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas organized a campus-wide rally against anti-Semitism which brought the entire campus together, along with local elected officials and others, in support of the Jewish community. This weekend, dozens of chapters across the world are volunteering at local Purim carnivals on their campuses or in their communities to show support for Jewish institutions and to ensure that, no matter what, Jewish people who wish to come together can do so without fear.

“Issuing press releases with strongly worded condemnations is not enough. We want our brothers to stand up and proactively support our Jewish communities,” said Borans. “Truly, the brothers of AEPi are playing a role in healing the world through their actions and deeds, not just their words. For this, I am amazingly proud and eternally in debt to our undergraduate brothers.”

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Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is the world’s Jewish college fraternity, operating chapters on more than 190 college campuses in seven countries. Founded in 1913, AEPi has more than 90,000 living alumni.  While non-discriminatory, the fraternity’s mission – developing the future leaders of the Jewish communities – is demonstrated every day through acts of brotherhood, Tzedakah (charity), social awareness and support for Jewish communities and Israel.