OUR MISSION

The mission of Alpha Epsilon Pi is to provide education, resources and training to the future leaders of the world’s Jewish communities. This mission is demonstrated every day through acts of brotherhood, Tzedakah (charity), social awareness and support for Jewish communities and Israel.

Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have maintained the integrity of our purpose by strengthening our ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career.

Our heritage stems from one source: young Jewish men banding together in allegiance. The fraternity can be a home away from home, providing the same stabilizing and guiding values that students previously gained from their families. Jewish students search out Alpha Epsilon Pi because it is a Jewish fraternity. Since our founding in 1913, more than 102,000 men have worn the badge of Alpha Epsilon Pi and each year, approximately 3,000 undergraduates perform the Ritual of Initiation, which remains the same ritual adopted decades ago.

Perhaps of greater importance, Alpha Epsilon Pi provides education, resources and training to develop leadership for the future of the Jewish community. Tomorrow’s Jewish leaders are in our chapters today. These are the young men who must be counted upon to support Jewish causes and to prepare to be one of tomorrow’s Jewish leaders, so that they may aid themselves, their family, their community and their people.

Throughout our history, the fraternity setting has served as a “learning laboratory,” a testing ground for young men who later become leaders in business, education, government, religion and science. A goal of our fraternity is to help each student to develop character, responsibility and a proper set of values through living together in brotherhood. Alpha Epsilon Pi prepares young men for their role in life as responsible citizens.

Therefore, our basic purpose is to provide the opportunity for a Jewish man to be able to join a Jewish organization whose purpose is not specifically religious, but rather social and cultural in nature. Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity and brotherhood in Alpha Epsilon Pi is open to all who are willing to espouse its values and mission.

AEPI FOUNDERS

The Immortal Eleven are the original Founding Fathers of Alpha Epsilon Pi at New York University. Their vision and dedication laid the foundation for our great Fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded on November 7, 1913.

Charles C. Moskowitz
David K. Schafer
Isador M. Glazer
Herman L. Kraus
Arthur E. Leopold
Benjamin M. Meyer
Arthur M. Lipkint
Charles J. Pintel
Maurice Plager
Hyman Shulman
Emil Lustgarten

ALPHA EPSILON PI NEWS

FridayPiday: Caleb Marx (Iowa, 2022)

Following reports from several students of antisemetic actions and language on campus, the University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Government (USG) held a lengthy debate late last month to determine if the USG should create a “Jewish Constituency Senator” to better represent the views and voice of the Jewish population on campus. The Iowa USG has seven constituency senators who represent various identities on campus. After three hours of debate and some very heated rhetoric, 24 senators voted yes, and 15 voted no, with one senator abstaining. The legislation required a two-thirds majority to pass, or 27 votes. Brothers instrumental in [...]

FridayPiday: Or Shaked (Hebrew U, 2015)

“I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard about AEPi,” said Brother Or Shaked (Hebrew U, 2015). “I was sitting in the student village, talking with some students, and met a bunch of guys delivering pamphlets about a fraternity. They told me, ‘We do all kinds of activities together. We give back to the community.’ Slowly but surely, I grew to realize that there is this small group of people who have a connection to the worldwide Brotherhood of AEPi.” Originally from the city of Rishon Letsion, a Tel Aviv suburb, Brother Shaked enrolled at Hebrew University [...]

FridayPiday: Philip Bloom (Toledo, 1963)

Brother Philip Bloom, 1994 For many millennials and older, Toys “R” Us used to be a household name that everyone knew. There was nothing quite as mesmerizing to a child than walking into one of their flagship stores with a backwards R and seeing toy aisles as far as the eye could see. For decades, the company had an amazing run before it faced financial turmoil that ultimately led to all of its U.S. stores closing in the last five years. Brother Philip Bloom (Toledo, 1963) recalls the brand’s golden days, and cherishes what it was like working 18 years [...]