Statement from AEPi’s Executive Director on incident at Vanderbilt University

March 17, 2015


“All of Alpha Epsilon Pi stands with our undergraduate brothers at Vanderbilt University following an anti-Semitic incident at the chapter house last weekend.  Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident on college campuses in North America and across the world.

We applaud the quick and positive actions taken by the Vanderbilt University administration and our partners at Hillel and Chabad.  AEPi has also sent volunteers, staff and our national security consultants to meet with our chapter and to help ensure that they feel safe on their campus.  Universities are a place for the free and open exchange of ideas and Jewish students should feel safe in their homes on campuses.

We are even more proud, though, by the actions of our undergraduate brothers to turn this into an opportunity to educate their campus peers about the dangers of anti-Semitism and to build bridges to other campus organizations and institutions to combat hatred on their campus.

The rising tide of anti-Semitism is very real and is undoubtedly connected to organized and concerted anti-Israel activities on college campuses.  AEPi proudly stands with Israel and, just as proudly, will work to allow our members to express their support for Israel as well as their Jewish heritage in any way they want.”

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Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is the world’s leading Jewish social fraternity, operating chapters on nearly 185 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, Tzedakkah (charity), social awareness and support for Jewish communities and Israel.