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. In the fraternity’s 105-year history, 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




FridayPiday: Norman Hoffer (South Florida, 2016)

Tucked away in Nassau, Bahamas, the Hoffer family has remained a beacon of their small Jewish community for four generations. The family has become a household name among Bahamians with their sportswear and urban fashion business, Hoffer Sport. For the last 40 years, Brother Norman Hoffer (South Florida, 2016) and his two brothers have run the family business. With the passing of their father and the patriarch of the family, Harold Hoffer, last year, full responsibility for the business has been turned over to them. Brother Hoffer has been running the business since he graduated from the University of South [...]

FridayPiday: Dr. Jay Golden (Arizona State, 1986)

Dr. Jay Golden’s (Arizona State, 1986) lifelong commitment to service, leadership and education predates his 2019 appointment as President of Wichita State University. As an undergraduate at Arizona State University, Dr. Golden put himself through school by moonlighting as a police officer. As a Brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi, Dr. Golden learned leadership and responsibility. Following a storied career in environmental protection and higher education, Dr. Golden was appointed by the Kansas Board of Regents to be the 14th President of Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Hailing from Los Angeles, Dr. Golden’s father and godfather were both Brothers of [...]

Jim’s Journal: Looking Back on 2019

As AEPi International charges into 2020, I thought this might be a good opportunity to take a step back and look at everything that has happened in 2019 and how it impacted our fraternity. I’ve written about this before but it’s definitely worth mentioning again: the two biggest trends facing AEPi today are the changing nature of the University/Greek relationship and the rise in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities on college campuses. I want to dive in on the latter issue today. If you know me, you know that I am not consumed by politics. Between my job, my family and [...]