FRATERNITY NEWS

Jim’s Journal: A Confession

I have a confession to make this month. Even though I have worked and volunteered for Alpha Epsilon Pi since I was a college graduate, I had never visited Israel until just a couple of years ago (I have been back many times since). Here I was, working with our undergraduates to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Israel behavior on their campuses, and I had never visited Israel. The timing was never right. There was no Birthright program when I was younger (offering free trips to Israel for college-aged and young adults) and by the time I was an adult, I wanted [...]

Voices: How I Turned My Back on Hate

TM Garret is a German-American author, producer, filmmaker and human rights activist. In his youth, TM was involved in—and started—a number of white supremacist and KKK-affiliated groups in Germany, where he was born and raised. Radicalized through music as a teenager, TM eventually left the white supremacist movement. He relocated to the U.S. and founded C.H.A.N.G.E., a Memphis-based non-profit organization that engages in community outreach programs, food drives, seminars, anti-racism campaigns and anti-violence campaigns. Today, in addition to running C.H.A.N.G.E., TM helps young people leave extremist movements and speaks to students about his journey from hate to compassion. Before November [...]

FridayPiday: Noah Levinson (Cal State – Chico, 2021)

Next week, more than 5,000 Jewish teenagers from 50 countries will make their way to Dallas, TX for BBYO’s annual International Convention (IC), #AZABBGIC2020. Every year, AEPi is proud to help staff the event and connect with teens from across the globe. Whether it’s a one-on-one with our staff, visiting the lounge or attending our infamous #BROneg, we are excited to bring an extra layer of fun to the Convention and meet everyone! Many AEPi Brothers are BBYO alumni, so it’s no surprise that their first AEPi experience was at BBYO IC. Brother Noah Levinson (Cal State – Chico, 2021) [...]

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FridayPiday: Noah Levinson (Cal State – Chico, 2021)

Next week, more than 5,000 Jewish teenagers from 50 countries will make their way to Dallas, TX for BBYO’s annual International Convention (IC), #AZABBGIC2020. Every year, AEPi is proud to help staff the event and connect with teens from across the globe. Whether it’s a one-on-one with our staff, visiting the lounge or attending our infamous #BROneg, we are excited to bring an extra layer of fun to the Convention and meet everyone! Many AEPi Brothers are BBYO alumni, so it’s no surprise that their first AEPi experience was at BBYO IC. Brother Noah Levinson (Cal State – Chico, 2021) [...]

FridayPiday: Justin Turetsky (Columbia, 2011) and Austin Cohen (Columbia, 2011)

We’re living in an age of subscription-based technology where consumers want access to a product that they can customize and mold into something that’s perfect for them. Look at services like Dollar Shave Club, Hello Fresh and Birchbox. They’ve all set the tone for what the modern-day customer expects. Sure, sometimes it doesn’t work out for companies (RIP MoviePass), but every day we see a new and exciting service we can’t wait to try. Enter: FlexIt, a fitness app created and designed by Brothers Austin Cohen (Columbia, 2011) and Justin Turetsky (Columbia, 2011) that allows users to access thousands of [...]

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 [...]

AEPi VOICES

Voices: How I Turned My Back on Hate

TM Garret is a German-American author, producer, filmmaker and human rights activist. In his youth, TM was involved in—and started—a number of white supremacist and KKK-affiliated groups in Germany, where he was born and raised. Radicalized through music as a teenager, TM eventually left the white supremacist movement. He relocated to the U.S. and founded C.H.A.N.G.E., a Memphis-based non-profit organization that engages in community outreach programs, food drives, seminars, anti-racism campaigns and anti-violence campaigns. Today, in addition to running C.H.A.N.G.E., TM helps young people leave extremist movements and speaks to students about his journey from hate to compassion. Before November [...]

AEPi Voices: How My Son Became My Brother

Brother David Ogman (Florida, 1998) was recently honored at our South Florida Celebration Gala on Sunday, December 8, 2019 for his contributions to AEPi. He is the founder and president of the AEPi South Florida Business & Professionals Alumni Network. David is a wealth advisor at Merrill Lynch and his wife, Stacey, is a senior state attorney representing abused, abandoned and neglected children. At the event, their son, Jordan Ogman, had the honor of being initiated into the fraternity by Supreme Scribe Scott Knapp (Florida State, 2002). Jordan is fighting a debilitating, fatal, neurodegenerative Jewish genetic disease. Because of the [...]

Voices: Remembering Brother Michael Lertzman

Brother Alan Dreiman (Cal State - Northridge, 2019) is a senior at California State University – Northridge and was chapter master (president) at the time of Brother Michael Lertzman’s untimely passing. Brother Lertzman was a sophomore who was killed in a murder-suicide at his home on Wednesday, September 11, no more than five minutes from the Chi Nu chapter. Below is Brother Dreiman’s story on how this affected him as well as the brotherhood and Northridge community. It started as a normal day. I woke up, got ready for my shift and went to work like I would do any [...]

SUBMIT FRATERNITY NEWS

AEPi is always looking for good news and stories about our undergraduates, alumni and partners. We feature such stories on this site’s weekly #FridayPiday section and in our quarterly publication, The Lion. Send us some news!