(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – During this time of rising antisemitism throughout the globe – and especially on college campuses — 125 chapters of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity, the world’s largest and leading Jewish college fraternity, virtually celebrated Shabbat together with AEPi’s “Shabbat Across AEPi” program in conjunction with the fraternity’s 110th anniversary on November 7.
During Shabbat Across AEPi, chapters from the United States, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom, joined together on two Friday nights (November 3 and November 10, 2023) to celebrate Shabbat.
“Bringing so many of our Brothers together to simply say the Shabbat prayers and break bread together is especially important in our world today,” said Rob Derdiger, AEPi’s CEO. “In light of rising antisemitism on college campuses and in our communities, this program makes an important point about not being intimidated and remaining proud of our Jewish heritage and traditions.”
“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 Derdiger.
Programming resources for Shabbat Across AEPi are possible through grants from the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation.
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Alpha Epsilon Pi is the world’s leading Jewish college fraternity, operating chapters on more than 150 college campuses in the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Israel. Founded in 1913, AEPi has more than 110,000 living alumni. 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.