Vanderbilt Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi Combats Anti-Semtism
Thursday, April 2, 2015
VANDERBILT CHAPTER OF ALPHA EPSILON PI COMBATS ANTI-SEMITISM BY SPREADING POSITIVE MESSAGES AND EDUCATION
(Nashville, TN) Just weeks after an unknown offender vandalized their house at Vanderbilt’s Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) chapter, the undergraduate members have struck back by bringing a message of inclusiveness and education to the campus.
More than 500 Vanderbilt students and faculty members and representatives from the Nashville Jewish community, joined with the Vanderbilt AEPi chapter’s “We Walk to Remember” event to commemorate those who perished in the holocaust. Armed with simple black t-shirts which read, “Never Forget,” the marchers met at the AEPi chapter house and walked through campus to the steps of Kirkland Hall.
“Whoever painted those symbols of hate in our house has certainly failed in any attempt whatsoever to bring us down,” said Vanderbilt AEPi chapter president Josh Hyman. “Our brothers have vowed to use this incident as an opportunity to educate and bring our campus together, not tear us apart.”
Also speaking at the event were Vanderbilt Dean of Students Mark Bandas, Vanderbilt Chabad Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein, Vanderbilt Hillel Director Ari Dubin and representatives from the Nashville Jewish Federation.
We Walk to Remember (WW2R) is Alpha Epsilon Pi International’s Annual Holocaust Remembrance Walk. Originating at New York University in 2006, WW2R has steadily grown each year. In 2013, AEPi Brothers everywhere helped set a new record with more than 110 chapters worldwide participating in WW2R. Video from last year’s Walks can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Ndbt0Ivyo.
“We Walk to Remember is an important event for Alpha Epsilon Pi brothers as we seek to ensure that our campus communities never forget the horrors of the Holocaust. We are amazingly proud of our brothers at Tau Chapter of Vanderbilt for using WW2R as a part of their efforts to educate their campus and to combat hatred,” said Andrew S. Borans, AEPi’s executive director.
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Contact: Jonathan M. Pierce, APR
Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is the world’s leading Jewish social fraternity, operating chapters on more than 180 college campuses in six countries. Founded in 1913, AEPi has more than 90,000 living alumni. While non-discriminatory, the fraternity’s mission – developing the future leaders of the Jewish communities – is demonstrated every day through acts of Brotherhood, Tzedakkah (charity), social awareness and support for Jewish communities and Israel.