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Our History

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Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority was founded on October 24, 1909 at Barnard College in New York City by seven Jewish women: Helen Phillips, Ida Beck, Rose Gerstein, Augustina "Tina" Hess, Lee Reiss, Rose Salmowitz and Stella Strauss. Their goal was to foster lifelong friendship and sisterhood, academics, social involvement and community service while providing a home away from home for their members. 

Alpha Epsilon Phi is proud to build on the vision of our seven Jewish founders and the strong foundation of our first one hundred years.  To date we have chartered over 100 chapters and initiated over 80,000 members.  We provide a well-rounded, vibrant sorority experience for our collegiate and alumnae members focusing on sisterhood, community service and personal growth.  We are a Jewish sorority, but not a religious organization, with membership open to all college women, regardless of religion, who honor, respect and appreciate our Jewish identity and are comfortable in a culturally Jewish environment.  Our mission and core values statements guide our sorority activities and serve as the basis for our collegiate and alumnae experiences.

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