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.


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


Rob’s Report: Being the Light This Year

This year, during Hanukkah, I am thinking a lot about George Washington. It may seem odd so let me explain. A few years ago, after visiting our chapter at University of Rhode Island I took a trip to Newport to see the Touro synagogue. This synagogue, built in 1763, houses a letter from George Washington written in 1790. The letter is one of the first mentions that Jewish people specifically would be free from persecution in the newly formed nation. It goes on to say: “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the [...]

Friday PiDay: David Levy (NYU, 1991)

On November 19, 2015, Ezra Schwartz, a Boston teen doing a gap year in Israel, was tragically killed in a terrorist attack. One of the prominent themes in Ezra’s life was a passion for baseball. How do we respond when tragedy strikes? How do we come back stronger? For Brother David Levy (NYU, 1991), it was helping to build a baseball field in Israel dedicated to Ezra Schwartz. As a board member of the Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) and having a passion for baseball, Brother Levy has a close connection to this project. Brother Levy grew up in Longbranch, [...]

Friday PiDay: Sidney Haitoff (NYU, 2011)

“When I was starting my company I was looking for a name that reflected our mission – to help fix the broken health care system – and I landed on mishe (pronounced mih-shee),” said Brother Sidney Haitoff (NYU, 2011). “Mishe is short for mi sheberach, the prayer for healing because our goal is to bring healing to the healthcare system.” Brother Haitoff grew up just north of New York City but “I fell in love with the City pretty early on. NYU was my dream school and when I got in early decision, it was clear what direction I was [...]