Alpha Epsilon Pi

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Alpha Epsilon Pi
ΑΕΠ
The official crest of Alpha Epsilon Pi
Founded November 7, 1913 (1913-11-07) (105 years ago)
New York University
Type Social
Emphasis Jewish
Scope United States
Canada
Israel
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]
Motto
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 148 [3]
Colonies 7
Members 9,000+ undergraduate collegiate
102,000+ lifetime
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Homepage Alpha Epsilon Pi Website

Alpha Epsilon Pi (ΑΕΠ or AEPi), the Global Jewish college fraternity, has 155 active chapters in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom 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

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]

History

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity House at Purdue University.
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity House at Ohio University.

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]

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

Coat of arms

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

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

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.[9]

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.[9]

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.[9]

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.[9]

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).[9]

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

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James L. Brooks, Alpha '58
Paul Simon, Kappa Chi '63
Gene Wilder, Iota Upsilon '55
Mark Zuckerberg, Eta Psi '06

List of chapters

The fraternity currently has 148 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[10]. 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.

The fraternity also has 24 active alumni clubs in several major cities. [11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Alpha Epsilon Pi International mission statement. Retrieved on 2010-10-06.
  2. Crosby, Ernest Howard, The Search
  3. Roll - Alpha Epsilon Pi
  4. About AEPi
  5. 5.0 5.1 AEPi Founders
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dunn, Sidney N. (2003). Alpha Epsilon Pi: Commitment for a lifetime. Indianapolis, Indiana: Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Inc.. 
  7. Strauss, Ilana (June 15, 2009). "Israel's first college fraternity opens". Jerusalem Post. http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244371106498&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Udasin, Sharon. Brothers in the Holy Land: AEPi chapter in Herzliya is first college fraternity in Israel. Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 AEPi organizational model
  10. Greenspan, Mordy. AEPi Fraternity hosts Beach Volleyball Tournament. Retrieved on 2009-06-07.
  11. AEPi Alumni Clubs.

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