Alpha Epsilon Pi's Founders were all young men of serious purpose, employed during the day, coming from middle-class homes, who sought to get ahead by obtaining the formal training offered at New York University in the evening sessions. The catalyst 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.

While enrolling at C.C.N.Y., Charles Moskowitz, a fine basketball player, was heavily sought after for his athletic skills. When he enrolled at New York University, his reputation had preceded him, and he was immediately rushed and given a bid by one of the fraternities. When Charles Moskowitz asked whether bids could also be extended to his friends, he was immediately told that the bid was for him alone. Brother Moskowitz had a circle of close Jewish friends which met after work for dinner before going to class. Evidently, Founder Moskowitz discussed this with his friends, and they decided that fraternities were good for the students, and, since there was no patent on the idea, they would start one of their own.

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 brisk. 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 rathskeller. And that is how Alpha Epsilon Pi began.

When the founding group finally jelled, 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.

What is AEPi?

AEPi is a social fraternity, which means that it exists as a body of men living and working together for a common purpose. That purpose is to enhance the college experience through a wide variety of activities, including brotherhood events, social events, philanthropy, and intramural sports. AEPi is the only national Jewish fraternity and is a member of the Penn State Interfraternity Council. Additionally, AEPi maintains the highest GPA out of 75 national fraternities.

Mission Statement

“Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience.”

“Initially, the Jewish fraternity served as a brotherhood of young men who came from similar religious backgrounds and who had experienced the same prejudices against their religious beliefs.”“Perhaps of greater importance, Alpha Epsilon Pi develops leadership for the future of the American Jewish community.”“Throughout our history, the fraternity setting has served as a “learning laboratory”, a testing ground for young men who later become leaders in business, education, government, religion, and science. … Alpha Epsilon Pi prepares young men for their role in life as responsible citizens.”“Therefore, our basic purpose is to provide the opportunity for a Jewish man to be able to join a Jewish organization whose purpose is not specifically religious, but rather social and cultural in nature. Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity, through non-discriminatory and open to all who are willing to espouse its purpose and values.”

We Believe in the Jewish Fraternity

A strong brotherhood of individuals who share Jewish values enables us to take a step further. It lets us commit to incredible philanthropies and deliver on our promise. It pushes us to take a genuine interest in improving our communities through leadership and service. It supports our efforts to advocate for Israel, push our members to become civically engaged, and become the leaders our Jewish community needs. We take pride in who we are.

We are Alpha Epsilon Pi.


Located at 240 East Prospect Avenue, State College PA 16802, our house is one of the best fraternity houses at Penn State. Our house is even featured on the Esponda Associate’s website, with the link below.

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