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, thousands of 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

Brother Jason Oruch (Kansas 2009)

Committing to the development of Jewish leadership on campus – as well as in the Jewish community – is a demonstration of AEPi’s mission to develop the future leaders of the Jewish community. Through AEPi, and his time at Kansas, Oklahoma, Hartford, and now Colorado, Brother Jason Oruch (Kansas 2009) has developed that passion for leadership in the Jewish community and demonstrates it daily. Brother Oruch grew up in Plano, Texas and was involved in his youth group, BBYO, in high school. “That's what started a big part of my Jewish journey was doing the BBYO stuff. Going to summer [...]

Brother Steven Heymsfield (Hunter College 1966)

Brother Steven Heymsfield (Hunter College, 1966) accomplished his dream of becoming a doctor and by focusing on research of metabolism, malnutrition, obesity, and diet supplements, has helped improve the lives of countless others. As a student at Hunter College he obtained a degree in chemistry, which he used throughout his entire career. The chemistry degree led him to work in the pharmaceutical industry. While at Hunter College, Brother Heymsfield joined AEPi in his sophomore year. Initially, he was not interested in the fraternity, but after meeting the Brothers he quickly changed his mind. The fraternity social scene was unusual for [...]

Rob’s Report: Antisemitism Today

Last January, I wrote in this column about the continued anti-Israel activity and that the rise of more overt antisemitism has become the norm. The ADL reported a 34% rise in antisemitic incidents year over year. This followed a study conducted by AEPi and the Brandeis Center that found that 65% of openly Jewish students on campus have felt unsafe and that 50% actively hide their Jewish identity. It should be no surprise that our students have been placed at the front lines; as they have been with many issues over generations.  Still, I received many questions from our alumni [...]