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: Daniel Krause (Illinois, 2012)

Brother Daniel Krause (Illinois, 2012) is trying to make a name for himself in Wicker Park, a bustling neighborhood with more than 25,000 people in West Town Chicago by answering an age-old question while serving up some delicious food on Milwaukee Avenue. His restaurant there, Cracked: The Egg Came First, is his second in his growing chain. In between serving customers on a busy weekday, Brother Krause gave some insight on the struggles and successes he’s faced. “Growing up nearby in Wilmette, I came to the city often and dreamed about being part of this scene. It’s rewarding to finally [...]

FridayPiday: Ary Manzhukh (Maryland, 2011)

For Brother Ary Manzhukh (Maryland, 2011) the journey of 2,192 miles began with a single step. The Appalachian Trail—stretching from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Maine’s Mount Katahdin—is the longest hiking trail in the world and is considered a destination for lovers of the great outdoors. The trail is long and tedious but takes hikers through some of America’s most beautiful natural wilderness, such as Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains. Hiking the trail was always on Brother Manzhukh’s bucket list. As he was considering a series of life changes like a new career and getting back in [...]

Jim’s Journal: Creating Change

It’s sometimes hard for me to believe how much has changed in our society over the last dozen years or so. A lot of that change has been great and very important. For example, as a society, we’ve become more sympathetic about issues like sensitivity towards others. I’m very proud of the role that our Brothers are playing on college campuses in promoting acceptance of others. But, the biggest change that we’re dealing with at AEPi International, has not been so positive. It seems like every week I, and my staff, are dealing with a new crisis on a college [...]