Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, was initiated as a Brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) in a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
On Saturday night, August 10, Mr. Hoenlein addressed a capacity audience of 1,400 attending the Fraternity’s Centennial Convention and Gala. Eight hundred alumni members and guests and over 600 students were in attendance at the Waldorf to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fraternity’s founding at New York University in 1913. Mr. Hoenlein’s stirring remarks about Jewish identity and support for Israel were repeatedly interrupted by applause.
Earlier in the week, on August 7, Mr. Hoenlein addressed 200 students who were participating in two separate AEPi programs: “Hineni”, a two-day seminar on Jewish identity, and “Israel Amplified”, a two-day Israel advocacy training course for campus leaders.
Mr. Hoenlein said, “I was extremely impressed by the young people I met, in terms of both their quality and their commitment.” He added,
“I go away from this remarkable convention reassured about our future on campus and convinced that I saw those who are likely to lead our community well into the 21st century. The outstanding programs run by AEPi, including Hineni, Israel Amplified, and the Civic Engagement Program, will prepare these students to address the critical challenges ahead. I was impressed as well by the commitment of AEPi’s alumni, even decades after their college years.”
Other community leaders who were honored last week by initiation into the brotherhood of AEPi were Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York; international relations expert Professor Jonathan Edelman of the University of Denver; author Joel Mowbray; and IDF veteran Izzy Ezagui, the first combat amputee in IDF history to return to combat duty.
Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is the international Jewish Brotherhood. AEPi exists to provide Jewish men with intense and transformative friendships, within a structure that teaches leadership, promotes service to country and community, and inculcates an enduring commitment to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. With alumni lodges in 22 cities and undergraduate chapters or colonies on 177 campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Israel, the Fraternity is a major force for Jewish identity and Israel advocacy throughout the world. Founded at New York University in 1913, the Fraternity has initiated nearly 100,000 Brothers over the course of its 100 years of existence. Currently, AEPi is comprised of approximately 80,000 alumni members and 9,000 student members.