When a fraternity turns 100 years old, it’s only right to throw it a three day long party. Alpha Epsilon Pi began its birthday celebration with a pregame at NYU, Newsday reports.
The historic series of events opened on Thursday, August 8, at New York University, the site of the Fraternity’s founding in 1913. Dr. John Sexton, president of NYU, and Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York and honorary AEPi brother, addressed a capacity audience at the campus’ Skirball Auditorium. The evening ended with a dinner cruise around lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
They then made moves to the USS Intrepid Aircraft carrier, where they honored brothers who’d served in the U.S. Armed Forces and the IDF.
During the moving Shabbat dinner program on the ship’s deck and pier the Fraternity honored its Brothers who have served in the US Armed Forces and the IDF. State of Ohio Treasurer and past AEPi chapter president Josh Mandel, who twice deployed to Iraq as a US Marine, was the evening’s keynote speaker.
And finally, they postgamed at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Former brothers were all in attendance, like Wolf Blitzer, who served as the night’s Master of Ceremonies, but did not, unfortunately, live tweet the occasion.
The men celebrated their history, their philanthropy, and their future. In fact, a very successful past chapter president made a speech staking AEPi as “the best insurance policy for the survival of the Jewish people.” Well, well, big words for a big weekend.
The 200th party is going to be sick.
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