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Celebrating 125 Years of Jewish Fraternal Excellence

CelebraTE WITH US IN Fall 2023

On December 29, 1898,  a well-respected university professor gathered a group of rabbinical studies students from several New York City universities to form a Zionist youth society. During this brief period, the society came to serve as a fraternal body for college students who were excluded from joining existing fraternities because because they were Jewish.

By November 1901, the society had expanded rapidly and members agreed that the promotion of Judiasm was equally as important as Zionism. In October 1906, Z.B.T. formally changed its name to Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and ratified its focus to that of a college-based social fraternity for Jewish students instead of a Zionist society. In 1954, the requirement to be Jewish was removed and since that time ZBT has been open to all male-identifying college students regardless of race, creed, faith or color who are accepting of our Jewish heritage and values.

Through two World Wars, the Holocaust, the Civil Rights movement, anti-fraternity sentiment in the 1960s and ’70s and political turmoil today —ZBT remains committed to justice, truth, social responsibility and Jewish values.

Throughout its first 125 years, ZBT has been a home to thousands …

Here’s to Our Fraternity!

Celebrate this landmark anniversary at the Fraternity’s kickoff as part of 2023 International Convention in New York City. We will have events throughout fall 2023 at locations across the U.S., culminating with the official anniversary on Founders Day in December 2023.

The kickoff at 2023 International Convention event will be in the heart of our Fraternity’s birthplace, returning to New York City! 2023 will be the first time International Convention has returned to New York since the 1981 International Convention and since our International Headquarters relocated from the Big Apple to Indianapolis. The event will be centrally located at a historic location in Manhattan, the Hyatt at Grand Central Station. New York City is the site of many historic, momentous ZBT events and International Conventions and we are thrilled to return to the city in 2023.

  • What: 125th anniversary kickoff celebration as part of 2023 International Convention
  • When: Thursday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023.
  • Timeframe: Evening Thursday through closing ceremonies at the Grand Awards Banquet late Saturday.
  • Where: Hyatt Grand Central New York, ay Grand Central Terminal, 109 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
  • More details: Full schedule, activities and costs will be available in spring 2023. Brothers and supporters will receive information via email and social media, but check back at this page for updates as well. Information and locations on the regional celebratory events will also be shared here.

Celebrate Brotherhood for a Lifetime by investing in the next 125 years!

Over the next 125 years – and beyond – we will continue to fight for a safer, more equitable world with less hate and more Brotherly Love.


Educational programming at 2023 International Convention is made possible in part by the generous support of the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation. Learn how you can support the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation at zbtfoundation.org!