We wanted a group of girls chosen not because of any special scholastic preeminence, financial circumstances or other arbitrary standards but a group who had common interests and were dominated by the ideals of true friendship.
— Founder, Tina Hess Solomon, 1934

Our Mission

The mission of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority is to inspire and support exemplary women dedicated to friendship and a lifelong commitment to Alpha Epsilon Phi while building on the vision of our Jewish founders.

Our History

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.

Our Core Values


The beliefs and goals of Alpha Epsilon Phi and our members are best stated in our Core Values Statement: 

Above all else, Alpha Epsilon Phi inspires exemplary women who are:

Enriched by sisterhood and unconditional friendships

Dedicated to selfless service, and inspiring others, and

Committed to intellectual growth and personal development.


As a lifelong member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, I will:

Respect our heritage and traditions,

Exhibit high ideals and moral character,

Fulfill expectations and responsibilities of membership, and

Continually exemplify the values of beauty, strength, and wisdom as embodied by the

three columns of our insignia.


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