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We are thrilled that you are interested in joining the world’s first Jewish fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau! You have taken the first step toward establishing a new Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at your university or college.

Brotherhood for a LifetimeYou will become one of the few, special individuals with the unique opportunity to shape their own fraternity experience. You have chosen not to accept what has been offered to you, but instead to bring a new fraternity experience on campus that promotes equality, accountability and personal growth. Less than half of 1 percent of all Greek men and women can identify as founders of their organization.

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity was founded in 1898 in New York City and is the world’s oldest and largest Jewish fraternity. For more than 50 years, Zeta Beta Tau has been an inclusive Brotherhood of Equals, and for more than 25 years ZBT has been a pioneer in the fight against hazing, having abolished all two-tier membership statuses and pledging practices in 1989. ZBT is represented on more than 90 campuses across North America and has initiated 140,000 brothers. Our brothers know that ZBT is Brotherhood for a Lifetime, beginning the day you are initiated and continuing through your life.

As an inclusive organization, we believe that ZBT serves as a great way to diversify a campus community. We are looking for up-and-coming leaders to become Founding Fathers. If you join ZBT, not only will you receive the countless benefits of joining our Fraternity, such as alumni networking, leadership/professional development and a rewarding bond of brotherhood, you will have the unique opportunity to establish a new organization and leave a legacy on your campus.

Please reach out to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (317) 334-1898 if you are interested in joining the Brotherhood for a Lifetime.

Congratulations once again on your desire to become a Founding Father and leave a legacy on campus by bringing the first social fraternity without pledging to your campus. We look forward to great things from you and your group!





Laurence A. Bolotin, CAE, Alpha Zeta (University of Florida) ’01
Executive Director, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
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