AJPA JRelease - AEPi Looking to Provide Security for Brothers
Thursday, October 15, 2015
ALPHA EPSILON PI FRATERNITY ISSUES SECURITY ALERT AND CAUTIONS MEMBERS ABOUT RISE IN ANTI-SEMITIC VIOLENCE; OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO CAMPUS SECURITY OFFICIALS
(Indianapolis, IN) In a message sent to the presidents of its 185 chapters and colonies worldwide, Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Executive Director Andrew S. Borans has issued a security alert and cautioned members about rising anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity and violence on college campuses. In his message, Borans also promised cooperation and assistance to campus security officials to ensure that members of Alpha Epsilon Pi – and all campus Jewish communities – remain safe.
“Unfortunately, we’ve already seen a number of incidences of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence on campuses this fall. Our brothers are prominent leaders in their campus Jewish communities and are often among the most active pro-Israel advocates around so we want to do everything possible to ensure their safety,” said Borans. “With violence against Israel once more on the rise, we are well-aware that such heinous actions often make their ways to our college campuses next. We are also, obviously, very concerned for our brothers in Israel.”
In 2014, AEPi contracted with a global security firm to develop the fraternity’s security program by providing guidance on all security matters, deterring and managing incidents, providing security advice at certain events, and educating undergraduates on specific steps which can be taken to create a safer environment for themselves and their campus Jewish community.
“Our brothers are proud to represent their Jewish heritage on their campuses and passionate about their support for Israel. We can’t ever be afraid of that and, yet, we must also be cautious because we know now that many Jews have become targets on college campuses. AEPi is committed to doing everything possible to protect them,” said Borans.
Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is the world’s leading Jewish college fraternity, operating chapters on more than 180 college campuses in seven 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 forJewish communities and Israel.
Jonathan M. Pierce, APR
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