FRATERNITY NEWS

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 […]

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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 [...]

Meet the Makhers: Past Supreme Governor Brother Donald Rudick (Wayne State, 1968)

With a passion for sports, volunteering and the Jewish community, Past Supreme Governor Brother Donald Rudick (Wayne State, 1968) has recently been named the Executive Director of the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation. Growing up in Detroit, Brother Rudick went to Hebrew school, had a Bar Mitzvah and went to synagogue for the high holidays, Passover and Chanukah. “My high school was not a Jewish high school, so I didn’t have a very active Jewish identity.” Brother Rudick established his Jewish identity when he went to college at Wayne State. In college, he would go from majoring in chemistry and organic [...]

Friday PiDay: Eytan Anisfeld (Southern California, 1991)

The Jewish people love food and when it comes to Jewish foods there is nothing more popular than a bagel with cream cheese and lox. No one knows this better than Brother Eytan Anisfeld (Southern California, 1991) who works for the world's oldest operating lox company. Older than Alpha Epsilon Pi itself, H. Forman & Son has been in his family for four generations and counting. Brother Anisfeld grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Going to shul every Shabbat, Solomon Schechter Day School and Camp Ramah, he had a very Jewish upbringing. Even when he went to a public high [...]

AEPi VOICES

Voices: What Determines a Legacy?

In 2018, we added a column called AEPi Voices that was dedicated to highlighting those with something to say about their positive experience. If you know someone who would want to write an op-ed, email us at [email protected]! Brother Josh Sushan (DePaul, 2016) is a former staff member of Alpha Epsilon Pi. He served as the Director of Leadership Development, and was instrumental to the planning process of the Michael A. Leven Advanced Leadership Institute, a conference offered to undergraduate Brothers at Convention. In this op-ed, he writes about the impact Brother Jarad Geldner (American, 2005) had on Brothers across the globe [...]

VOICES: Adam Levine (Massachusetts, 2022)

Adam Levine (Massachusetts, 2022) is a native of Framingham, MA who was recently honored for being one of the world’s most successful college fundraisers for Movember. That alone would make his story interesting but Adam’s personal struggles with mental health make his story extraordinary. We share his story this week in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month.  Alpha Epsilon Pi International has partnered with JED to strengthen its commitment to the well-being of all members. The mental health and safety of all Alpha Epsilon Pi members, alumni, or undergraduates, should at all times be a priority of our organization. […]

Voices: Living, and Dying, in Israel

The article below was written by Matanya Harow (Hebrew U, 2021), the president of AEPi’s chapter in Jerusalem. In his final semester of school at Hebrew University, double majoring in Economics and International Relations, Brother Harow is an Israeli native and citizen who grew up in Efrat, a few minutes south of Jerusalem. He served as a combat soldier and later commander in the IDF, stationed in areas all over Judea, Samaria and the Gaza border. Today, he studies, works and lives in Jerusalem. Brother Harow wanted to use this space to give his Brothers in the diaspora a sense [...]

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