Alpha Epsilon Pi 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 Founding of AEPi
Alpha Epsilon Pi's Founders were all young men of serious purpose, who sought to get ahead by attending New York University. They had to attend evening classes since most had daytime jobs. The stimulus for the founding of Alpha Epsilon Pi was the transfer of Charles C. Moskowitz from the College of the City of New York to New York University's School of Commerce.
When Moskowitz transferred to New York University, he was quickly rushed and given a bid by one of the fraternities. When he asked whether bids could also be extended to his friends, he was told that the bid was for him alone. Moskowitz had a close circle of Jewish friends that met after work for dinner before going to class and instead, with these friends decided to start a new fraternity.
The group had its meals at German Rathskeller on Second Avenue, within walking distance of the university. The basement was open to the public only in the evenings when business was especially busy. The young men talked with the owner, who agreed that if six or eight men would eat there regularly every school night, he would give them a private area in the restaurant. And that is how Alpha Epsilon Pi began.
When the founding group finally consolidated, there were eleven founding members: Charles C. Moskowitz, 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.
The Eta Chapter was established at The Ohio State University on May 17th, 1921 under the principles of perseverance, faith, mutual helpfulness, and humility, values we still adhere closely to today. After some unfortunate circumstances led to the revocation of our charter, we were recolonized in 1998 and rechartered in 2002 and have been an active part of the OSU community ever since. In 2012, we moved to our current house at 73 E. 15th Avenue.