FRATERNITY NEWS

Brother Logan Fraigun (UC Riverside, 2025)

According to the author John C. Maxwell, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” AEPi is proud of our undergraduate Brothers who have led the way since the tragedies of October 7 in Israel. Brother Logan Fraigun (UC Riverside, 2025) recently provided one such leadership example at a Riverside (California) City Council. Brother Fraigun, a political science major from the Los Angeles area, has always considered himself to be an active supporter of Israel. “I try to be an active member of the Jewish community. I’m on the Hillel board and have [...]

AEPi Brothers Get 18,000+ Swabs For Gift of Life Since Launch of Partnership

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN)  In 2004, Alpha Epsilon Pi International Fraternity (AEPi), the world’s largest and leading Jewish college fraternity, launched a partnership with Gift of Life Marrow Registry to raise awareness among college students about the life-saving potential of bone marrow transplants. The program has now resulted in more than 18,000 swabs, 750 matches and nearly 90 transplants. “Chai times 1,000 swabs is a milestone that AEPi is very proud of,” said Rob Derdiger, AEPi’s Chief Executive Officer. “The value of Tikkun Olam – healing the world – is at the forefront of AEPi’s mission to develop the future leaders of […]

Brother Tyler (Tye) Gregory (UC Davis, 2010)

As the CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council Bay Area in Northern California, Brother Tyler (Tye) Gregory (UC Davis, 2010) works to bring people together and build bridges. Over the last few months – since October 7 – that has been an even bigger challenge. A native of San Diego, Brother Gregory double majored in political science and economics and minored in Middle Eastern studies at University of California - Davis. In his Middle Eastern studies he felt discriminated against for his pro-Israel views. When discussion came up it was clear that the professor did not want to hear [...]

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Brother Logan Fraigun (UC Riverside, 2025)

According to the author John C. Maxwell, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” AEPi is proud of our undergraduate Brothers who have led the way since the tragedies of October 7 in Israel. Brother Logan Fraigun (UC Riverside, 2025) recently provided one such leadership example at a Riverside (California) City Council. Brother Fraigun, a political science major from the Los Angeles area, has always considered himself to be an active supporter of Israel. “I try to be an active member of the Jewish community. I’m on the Hillel board and have [...]

Brother Tyler (Tye) Gregory (UC Davis, 2010)

As the CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council Bay Area in Northern California, Brother Tyler (Tye) Gregory (UC Davis, 2010) works to bring people together and build bridges. Over the last few months – since October 7 – that has been an even bigger challenge. A native of San Diego, Brother Gregory double majored in political science and economics and minored in Middle Eastern studies at University of California - Davis. In his Middle Eastern studies he felt discriminated against for his pro-Israel views. When discussion came up it was clear that the professor did not want to hear [...]

Brother Tom Hirshfeld (UC – Santa Barbara, 2024).

“The Leven Leadership Academy was really amazing. I’ve always been told that AEPi is more than just a four-year experience but being in the room with all of these successful people and hearing them say that they owe at least some of their success to AEPi, meant a lot,” said Brother Tom Hirshfeld (UC – Santa Barbara, 2024). The son of two Israelis who emigrated to California’s Bay Area when they were in their 20s, Brother Hirshfeld arrived at UCSB a much different person than the one who will be graduating in a few months. And he gives a lot [...]

AEPi VOICES

VOICES: There are no words but there is still hope – By Brother Rabbi Alan Litwak (UC – Santa Barbara, 1989)

(Editor’s Note: Brother Rabbi Alan Litwak was a founding father of the Sigma Beta chapter of AEPi at University of California – Santa Barbara. Raised in Northern California, he is a product of the Reform Jewish movement and has served congregations in both Southern and Northern California, as well as Long Island, Manhattan, and Albany, New York. Since 2002 he has held the position of Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai of North Dade (Florida). The VOICES article below are excerpts from social media posts Rabbi Litwak wrote for his congregation while on a South Florida rabbinical mission to Israel in [...]

VOICES: After October 7, I Had to Go Home – By Rob Ackerman (UC Berkeley, 1986)

When the October 7 pogrom hit, I had just come home from Sukkot services where author Dara Horn discussed her new book, Everyone Loves Dead Jews.  As I went to bed, my Red Alert missile app was going crazy indicating hundreds of missiles had been fired at Israel from Aza. I have the app because not only is my youngest son studying at Yeshiva Ohr Semach in Jerusalem but also so I can keep an eye on my cousins and friends all over Israel. I initially thought, “It’s just Hamas acting up, Israel will bomb somewhere, and we will go [...]

VOICES: THE RALLY MAY BE OVER, BUT MY WORK HAS JUST BEGUN — Terry Hugo (Kent State, 2016)

Judaism has always been a key part of my life and my Jewish journey is quite a unique story. I wasn’t born and raised Jewish. I joined AEPi as a freshman at Kent State University and fell in love with the fraternity for its brotherhood and Jewish values. Though I was heavily involved, and the culture and religion became an integral part of my collegiate life, it wasn’t until 2020 that I made the decision to convert to Judaism while working for the fraternity. It was one of the proudest moments of my life and I have my Brothers to [...]

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