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, Havadallah candles, spices and a ‘kiddush cup koozie.”
“Bringing so many of our Brothers together virtually to simply say the Shabbat prayers and break bread together is especially important in our world today,” said Jim Fleischer, AEPi’s CEO. “In light of the recent one-year anniversary of the Tree of Life tragedy and rising anti-Semitism on college campuses, this program makes an important point about being proud of our Jewish heritage and traditions.”
Programming resources and educational materials for Shabbat Across AEPi are possible, in part, through the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation.
This was one of the largest number of chapters participating in Shabbat Across AEPi with chapters participating in every region of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Israel.
“Our fraternity’s mission is to develop the future leaders of Jewish communities across the world. Having the initiative and commitment to proudly host a Shabbat dinner as a fraternity event is an example of the kind of leaders AEPi is building,” said Fleischer.
Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is the world’s leading Jewish college fraternity, operating chapters, colonies and interest groups on nearly 180 college campuses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada, Australia and Israel. Founded in 1913, AEPi has more than 100,000 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.