ALPHA EPSILON PI
THE PREMIER JEWISH FRATERNITY
Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man 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.
Our heritage stems from one source: young Jewish men banding together in allegiance. The role of Alpha Epsilon Pi has expanded since its inception in 1913. 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. Alpha Epsilon Pi soon broadened its role to include serving as the living quarters for some of its members. The fraternity became a home away from home, providing the same stabilizing and guiding values that students previously gained from their families. Armed with these values, Alpha Epsilon Pi faced changing conditions on the college campus and survived. Today, Jewish students search out Alpha Epsilon Pi because it is a Jewish Fraternity. In the fraternity’s 100-year history, over 93,000 men have worn the badge of Alpha Epsilon Pi and each year, over 2,500 undergraduates perform the Ritual of Initiation, which remains the same ritual adopted decades ago.
Perhaps of greater importance, Alpha Epsilon Pi develops leadership for the future of the American Jewish community. Tomorrow’s Jewish leaders are in our chapters today. These are the young men who must be counted upon to support Jewish causes and to prepare to be one of tomorrow’s Jewish leaders, so that they may aid themselves, their family, their community, and their people. Working together with Chabbad, International Hillel, and Mustangs United For Israel (MUFI) Alpha Epsilon Pi can play a vital role in creating awareness of and advocating for jewish life in San Luis Obispo and beyond.
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. A goal of our fraternity is to help each student to develop character, to learn responsibility, and to develop a proper set of values through living together in brotherhood. 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, though non-discriminatory and open to all who are willing to espouse its purpose and values.
Cal Poly SLO's Sigma Omega Chapter
The California Polytechnic State University chapter was founded in 1967 and re-founded in 2003. While we started with 22 brothers with the dream to bring a Jewish brotherhood to San Luis Obispo, we have grown to the size of 100 active brothers with many more alumni. The center of our fraternity our is Chapter House, located at 280 California Boulevard. Here we house many brothers and host a majority of our events. Our members take leadership roles within and outside our chapter, including two current brothers serving on IFC judicial board.
Alpha Epsilon Pi's Two Time Chapter of the Year Award
In 2016 and 2019 we were honored to be awarded the Louis Sherr Best Chapter of the Year award out of all 186 active AEPi chapters across the globe. We have always been proud of our accomplishments and we could not be happier to be recognized by the global brotherhood. This is due not just to the current brothers in the chapter, but more importantly the previous brothers who have built this chapter from a small group of dedicated brothers to where we are today.