Alpha Epsilon Pi

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Alpha Epsilon Pi
The official crest of Alpha Epsilon Pi
Founded November 7, 1913; 100 years ago (1913-11-07)
New York University
Type Social
Emphasis Jewish
Scope United States
United Kingdom
Mission statement
Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience.[1]
No one could tell me where my soul might be; I searched for G-d, but He eluded me; I sought my brother out and found all three. [2]
Colors  Gold   Blue 
Flower Fleur-de-lis
Mascot Lion
Publication The Lion
Philanthropy Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Elem, Jewish National Fund, Keshet, Leket Israel, Save a Child's Heart, and Sharsheret
Chapters 155 [3]
Colonies 7
Members 9,000+ undergraduate collegiate
102,000+ lifetime
Headquarters 8815 Wesleyan Road
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Homepage Alpha Epsilon Pi Website

Alpha Epsilon Pi (ΑΕΠ or AEPi), the global Jewish college fraternity, has 166 active chapters in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Israel with a membership of over 9,000 undergraduates. Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity, though non-discriminatory and open to all who are willing to espouse its purpose and values.[4]

Mission statement[edit]

Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Global Jewish Fraternity, was founded to provide opportunities for Jewish men 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. Alpha Epsilon Pi develops leadership for the North American Jewish community at a critical time in a young man's life. Alpha Epsilon Pi's role is to encourage the Jewish student to remain dedicated to Jewish ideals, values, and ethics and to prepare the student to be one of tomorrow's leaders so that he may help himself, his family, his community, and his people.[1]


The AEPi house at the University of Maryland, College Park

AEPi was founded in 1913 under the Washington Square Arch at New York University (NYU) by Charles C. Moskowitz and 10 other Jewish men: 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, and Emil J. Lustgarten. These men are known as the "Immortal 11." Their first pledge was Samuel L. Epstein.[5]

Charles C. Moskowitz had just transferred to New York University's School of Commerce from the City College of New York. Several fraternities at the School of Commerce expressed interest in him and one gave him a bid. The name of that fraternity is unknown. When Charles asked if his close Jewish friends could join as well, he was told that the invitation was for him alone. At this point, the group of 11 men began meeting regularly in a German rathskeller. Official school recognition of AEPi was granted on November 7.[5]

The founding members always intended for AEPi to be a national fraternity. Long before the second chapter, the NYU group was designated "Alpha Chapter." In 1917, the local fraternity Phi Tau at Cornell University became the Beta Chapter of AEPi.[6]

Counting the Beta Chapter only fifty-two men had been initiated by April 6, 1917, the date the United States formally declared war on Germany and her allies. Almost every undergraduate and alumnus answered the call of the colors causing the fraternity to become nearly inactive during the war years. [5]

In the years between the world wars, Alpha Epsilon Pi had grown to twenty-eight chapters. But tough times were known to be forthcoming at the 1941 convention, and many knew that undergraduate and alumnus would again be called to duty. Expansion remained dormant throughout World War II.[5]

With the end of the war and the shift of national headquarters to St. Louis, Alpha Epsilon Pi had gained new life and momentum in its reopening of inactive chapters, expansion to new campuses, and the merging with other locals that had been hit hard by the war. In 1940, Sigma Omega Psi joined Alpha Epsilon Pi adding three chapters, as did Sigma Tau Phi in 1947.[5]

The next two decades were a time of steady growth and prestige for Alpha Epsilon Pi, as well as other fraternities. Expansion was occurring at an incredible rate for the Greek system as a whole. However, with the onset of fighting in Vietnam in the early 1960s, fraternity life faltered. Liberal student bodies revolted against authority and the Greek system, which was seen as a conservative, elitist group.[5]

Ironically, the roots of fraternity itself lie in revolution against authoritarianism. Membership plummeted and nearly half the chapter roll was lost. It almost looked as if it might have been the end for Alpha Epsilon Pi. However, due to Alpha Epsilon Pi’s perseverance, the fraternity was able to reverse the trend and stabilize following the Vietnam War.[5]

Reidentifying with its Jewish heritage, the men of Alpha Epsilon Pi refused to say die. Possessed with faith and courage, they were determined that national strength could be regained, and that the fraternity would once again be able to pursue its mission of shaping young Jewish men into community leaders.[5]

In 2009, AEPi became the first fraternity to establish a chapter in Israel at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.[7][8]

In 2014, AEPi was the first college student organization to be admitted as a full member to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.[9]

Coat of arms[edit]

To Brothers it is known as the "Cofa." The coat of arms of Alpha Epsilon Pi contains a number of symbolic objects, the true meaning of which is only revealed to brothers during their initiation into the fraternity.[6]

Chapter organization[edit]

AEPi has specific titles that are used for its officers, many correspond to Fraternal tradition.[6]

  • President - Master
  • Vice President - Lieutenant Master
  • Secretary - Scribe
  • Treasurer - Exchequer
  • Sergeant at Arms - Sentinel

National organization structure[edit]

AEPi is governed in a diamond model. It consists of the AEPi Foundation, The Fiscal Control Board, the Executive Office and the Supreme Board of Governors.[10]

The AEPi Foundation is the charitable arm of the organization. It directs the philanthropic affairs of the fraternity, supports projects of a Jewish and fraternal nature, and provides support for the individual chapters and colonies. They work very closely with the Director of Jewish Programming.[10]

The Fiscal Control Board (FCB) is responsible for the financial well-being of the organization. It oversees the financial decisions of the apparatus, and makes recommendations to the Supreme Board of Governors. Each member of the FCB is also on the Board of Directors of the AEPi Foundation.[10]

The Executive Office is made up of the professional staff that oversees the day to day functions of the fraternity. The staff consists of the housing coordinator, the leadership consultants, the Director of Jewish Programming, and the Executive Director.[10]

The Supreme Board of Governors is made up of 11 positions: the Supreme Master (President), Supreme Master-Elect (President-Elect/VP), Supreme Scribe (Secretary), Supreme Exchequer (Treasurer), Supreme Sentinel (Sergeant at Arms), and four Supreme Governors (other alumni members), along with two Undergraduate Supreme Governors (representing the Undergraduate membership).[10]

The Board of Governors makes the majority of decisions for the fraternity's well-being and meets semi-annually to discuss matters of importance, including the granting of charters.

Notable alumni[edit]

James L. Brooks, Alpha '58
Paul Simon, Kappa Chi '63
Gene Wilder, Iota Upsilon '55
Mark Zuckerberg, Eta Psi '06
Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Sheldon Adelson Honorary Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Philanthropist. Established the Adelson Family Foundation that has been a large supporter of Yad Vashem and the Birthright Israel Foundation. [11]
Michael Albert Mu Tau Political activist and economist, co-founder and co-editor of Z Magazine [11]
Irving Azoff Delta Chairman and founder of Azoff Music Management Group; former president of MCA Records; former executive chairman of Live Nation [11]
Herbert Baum Alpha Deuteron Former president, Quaker Oil [11]
Jason Bedrick Beta Epsilon Member of the New Hampshire state legislature [12]
Alan Baker Honorary Former Israel Ambassador to Canada [11]
Alan Barry Upsilon Tau Former CEO of Masco Corporation [11]
Newton Becker Phi Deuteron Founder, Becker CPA Review Course [11]
Gary Bettman Beta Commissioner, National Hockey League [11]
Wolf Blitzer Upsilon Beta Journalist, author, CNN correspondent [13]
Dr. James Borin Epsilon Upsilon Former member of the US National Fencing Team [11]
Myles Brand Rho Pi President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (2002-2009), President of Indiana University (1994-2002), and President of the University of Oregon (1989-1994) [11]
James L. Brooks Alpha Academy Award and Emmy Award winning producer and director [11]
Matthew Brooks Lambda Beta Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition [11]
Ken Chertow Pi Deuteron Former Olympic wrestler [11]
Brad Cohen Beta Upsilon Teacher, author, motivational speaker and subject of the film Front of the Class [11]
Jeff Cohen Chi Alpha Child actor (The Goonies) [11]
Rabbi Stanley Davids Tau Deuteron President of Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) [11]
Bob Diener Phi Gamma Founder of [11]
Haim Divon Nu Kappa Former Israel Ambassador to Canada [11]
Jay Feinberg Honorary Founder and Executive Director, Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation [11]
Ian Eagle Sigma Deuteron Sports broadcaster [citation needed]
Wayne Firestone Kappa Deuteron President and CEO of Hillel (2006-2013) [11]
Eric Fingerhut Omicron Deuteron, Honorary U.S. Representative from Ohio (1993-1995), Ohio State Senator (1991-1992, 1999-2006), Chancellor of Ohio State Board of Regents (2007-2011), President and CEO of Hillel (2013-present) [11]
Richard H. Frank Delta Former president of Walt Disney Studios [11]
Steven Friedman Delta Executive producer of NBC Nightly News [11]
Art Garfunkel Iota Singer/Composer [14]
Scott Garson Sigma Beta Assistant men's basketball coach, UCLA [15]
Frank Gehry Upsilon Architect, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain [11]
Leonard Goldberg Gamma Former chairman of 20th Century Fox [11]
Neil Goldman Epsilon Upsilon Television writer and executive producer of Family Guy, Scrubs, and Worst Week [11]
Steve Goldman Delta Executive Vice President, Paramount Pictures [11]
Nathaniel Goldstein Alpha Former New York Attorney General [11]
Sheldon Good Delta International realtor, former World President of FIBICA[clarification needed] [11]
Herb Gray Honorary Canada's first Jewish Cabinet member; Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (1997-2002); Chancellor of Carleton University (2008-2011) [11]
Sanford Grossman Iota Deuteron Director of NFL telecasts for Fox [11]
Patrick T. Harker Gamma President, University of Delaware; former dean, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania [11]
David A. Harris Sigma Former Executive Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition [11]
Yoel Hasson Honorary Member of the Knesset, Kadima Party [16]
Russ Herman Former president, Association of Trial Lawyers of America [11]
David Horowitz Beta Upsilon Television personality, consumer advocate [11]
H. Robert Horvitz Mu Tau Nobel Prize winner in Medicine [11]
William Immerman Pi Former senior vice president for 20th Century Fox; film producer [11]
Allan Jaffe Gamma Family owner of New Orleans' Preservation Hall [11]
Richard Joel Alpha President of Yeshiva University; former International Director of Hillel [11]
Jake Jundef Sigma Beta Child actor (Brooklyn Bridge, Mannequin, Earth Girls Are Easy) [17]
Adam Kahan Pi Rho Former Executive Director and COO of the United Jewish Appeal—Federation of Greater New York [18]
Allyn Kilsheimer Kappa Deuteron Structural engineer who orchestrated the rebuilding of the Pentagon after the September 11 attacks [11]
Martin Leaf Delta Family owner and founder, Leaf Candies and Donruss Baseball Cards [11]
Michael A. Leven Eta Deuteron President and COO, Las Vegas Sands [19]
Jerry Lewis Comedian, Chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association [13]
Richard Lewis Eta Actor, comedian [11]
Howard Lorber Alpha Epsilon CEO and President Vector Group; Chairman, Nathan's Famous [11]
Daniel Magder Beta Chi Actor (Life With Derek) [20]
Josh Mandel Eta State Treasurer of Ohio; United States Senate candidate [11]
Bernard Marcus Rho Upsilon Founder, Home Depot [21]
David Markin Beta Upsilon Former chairman, United States Tennis Association [11]
Steven Markowitz Gamma Rapper under the stage name "Hoodie Allen" [22]
Perry Mendel Epsilon Founder, Kinder Care Day Care Centers [11]
Charles C. Moskowitz Alpha Former president and treasurer, MGM Studios; fraternity founder [6]
Jerrold Nadler Iota United States Congressman, New York's 8th congressional district [11]
Ari Ne'eman Mu Delta Founder of Autistic Self Advocacy Network; first autistic presidential appointee [23][24]
Robert Novak Delta Columnist, pundit and Crossfire panelist [25][26]
Louis Nizer Iota Lawyer, novelist [11]
Mike Pesca Epsilon National Public Radio correspondent [27]
Michael Politz Sigma Pi Media conglomerate owner, television host, owner of Food & Beverage Magazine [citation needed]
Ron Popeil Delta Inventor; infomercial producer; owner, Ronco Industries [11]
Stanley B. Prusiner Gamma Nobel Prize winner in Medicine [11]
Jerry Reinsdorf Kappa Deuteron Owner, Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox [11]
Adam Richman Epsilon Star of Man vs. Food on The Travel Channel [11]
Sam Rothberg Beta Upsilon Creator of Israel Bonds [11]
Abe Saperstein Delta Former owner, Harlem Globetrotters [11]
Eduardo Saverin Eta Psi Brazilian internet entrepreneur and investor. Co-Founder of Facebook [28]
Alexander Schindler Epsilon Deuteron Former president, Union of American Hebrew Congregations [11]
Alan Schulman Alpha Former CEO, Ecolab [6]
Michael Schwerner Beta Civil rights worker killed June 21, 1964, depicted in Mississippi Burning [11]
Andy Schwartz Xi Deuteron Writer, Scrubs [citation needed]
Evan Serpick Iota Music critic, Rolling Stone [citation needed]
Samuel H. Shapiro Delta Former Governor of Illinois [11]
Rabbi Levi Shemtov Director, Washington, D.C. Chabad [11]
Fred Silverman Sigma Deuteron Producer; former president, NBC Television [11]
Chet Simmons Kappa Deuteron Former president, ESPN [11]
Paul Simon Kappa Chi Singer, composer [14]
Randy and Jason Sklar Omega Deuteron Actors, comedians; hosts of Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic [11]
Jack Stahl Epsilon President, Revlon; former president, Coca-Cola [11]
Steve Stone Phi Deuteron Cy Young Winner 1980 Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox TV color analyst [11]
David Suissa Honorary Writer and President of the The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles [29]
John E. Wallace, Jr. Rho Deuteron New Jersey Supreme Court Justice (appointed May 20, 2003)
Sanford I. Weill Beta Co-chairman, Citigroup [11]
Matt Weitzman Sigma Pi Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of American Dad! [11]
Gene Wilder Iota Upsilon Actor, producer, director [11]
Walter Winchell Lambda Deuteron Gossip columnist, radio personality [11]
Scott Wolf Kappa Deuteron Actor [11]
Michael Yormark Delta Deuteron President and COO, Florida Panthers [11]
H. Albert Young Rho Deuteron Former Delaware Attorney General [11]
Sam Zell Omega Deuteron Real estate entrepreneur, co-founder and chairman of Equity International; owner of the Tribune Company [11]
Mark Zuckerberg Eta Psi Founder of Facebook [30]
  • Italics indicate a deceased member. Deceased AEPis are said to enter the "Chapter Eternal."

List of chapters & alumni clubs[edit]

The fraternity currently has 165 active chapters and colonies in ten of the twelve Big Ten Conference schools, seven of the eight Ivy League schools, and eight of the ten University of California campuses. It is also the largest national fraternity in Canada, California, New York, and Massachusetts. The fraternity established the Aleph chapter[8] in Israel during the spring of 2009, located in the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.[31] It has since expanded to other universities in Israel. In 2011, the fraternity expanded to the United Kingdom, establishing a colony at St. Andrews in the spring, followed by Birmingham and Leeds in the fall. As of May 2013 there are 8 active colonies in the UK; St. Andrews, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, London, Manchester, Warwick and Liverpool. In 2012, the first colony in France was created for the Paris area.

The fraternity also has 24 active alumni clubs in several major cities.[32]


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