Alpha Epsilon Pi, known as the pre-eminent international Jewish Fraternity, was founded in 1913 and relinquishes values that have consistently provided the opportunity for the best fraternal and collegiate experience. With over 166 chapters located in the United States, Israel, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom, AEPi consists of over 9,000 active undergraduates and over 102,000 lifetime members.
AEPi was founded in 1913 by Charles Moskowitz and ten 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) beneath the Washington Square Arch at New York University with the goal of promoting the growth and development of young Jewish men into leaders of not only their local community, but the Jewish community as well.
In the history of the United States, 1913 was an eventful year. Only a year before, Arizona had been admitted to the Union as the forty-eight state, completing the continental bounds of the country. Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated President, the Federal Reserve System was established to strengthen the banking system, and the 16th amendment to the Constitution was adopted, providing for the progressive tax on income. The Panama Canal, one of the greatest engineering feats of modern times, was nearing completion and would be in operation in 1914. In that same year, at the School of Commerce of New York University, Alpha Epsilon Pi officially made its appearance in the fraternity world.
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
The Beta Iota Chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity was founded in 1958, and from its origination was regarded as one of the strongest chapters in the entire Indiana University Greek System. The Fraternity enjoyed the strength of reputation and prosperity of the house for 50 years until, in 2008, unfortunate circumstances caused the immediate revocation of the chapter. However, in the Fall of 2010, the chapter was re-founded by a new group of Founding Fathers. This group, comprised of 87 total brothers, reinstituted the chapter and has played a pivotal role in its regrowth ever since. The first pledge class of the newly re-instituted chapter was the Alpha pledge class, which was formed in the Spring of 2011 and consisted of 13 members. Next, the Beta and Gamma pledge classes (Fall 2011- Spring 2012) consisted of 33 members and 9 members respectively. The most recent pledge class, the Delta pledge class, is the chapter’s largest yet, with a total of 56 members. With the continuous growth of pledge classes, the Beta Iota looks to become one of AEPi’s strongest chapters