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


Friday PiDay: Josh Halpern (Cornell, 2001)

It’s pretty safe to assume that Brother Josh Halpern (Cornell, 2001) never dreamed that his future business partner would have nicknames like the Big Baryshnikov, Wilt Chamberneezy, or the Big Shamrock. But, here he is, working with four time NBA Champion and 15 time NBA All Star Shaquille O’Neal. Brother Halpern was recently named CEO of Shaq’s restaurant chain, Big Chicken. During his freshman year at Cornell, Brother Halpern joined AEPi’s Beta chapter. As an undergraduate, he quickly became a chapter leader and was elected Lieutenant Master, Exchequer and, eventually, Master. He enjoyed taking weekend road trips with his Chapter [...]

Rob’s Report: Looking to Our Future With an Eye on Our Past

Brothers and Friends, As is the case with many of you, my time as an undergraduate was incredibly formative. I attended the University of Colorado where I was initiated into the Chi Upsilon Chapter. At the time, the chapter truly was the center of the Jewish community on our campus. Without AEPi it was hard to form a minyan. Unfortunately, during my college days, I also saw the worst side of Greek life when a Chi Psi pledge on the campus died due to alcohol and hazing. The juxtaposition of that incident and the values and care I experienced within [...]

Rob Derdiger Named AEPi Chief Executive Officer

NEWS RELEASE ALPHA EPSILON PI NAMES ROB DERDIGER AS NEW CEO (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi), the world’s leading Jewish college fraternity, has named Brother Rob Derdiger (Colorado, 2007) as its new CEO, effective immediately. Until his appointment Derdiger served as the fraternity’s CFO and managed the organization’s not-for-profit fraternal housing arm. He succeeds Brother Jim Fleischer (z”l’) as CEO; Fleischer tragically passed away in October following a three-year battle with cancer. “Rob brings us the financial acumen and knowledge of our operations along with an understanding and appreciation for our undergraduate chapters,” said Jason Oshins, AEPi’s […]