As an inclusive organization, we dedicate ourselves to the tenets of our Credo, the call to action in our Mission and the collaborative relationships we build with our communities. Zeta Beta Tau brothers embody the principles of Intellectual Awareness, Social Responsibility, Integrity and Brotherly Love.
Through good times and bad, ZBT has been at the forefront of pioneering new concepts — as evidenced by its very founding as the world’s first Jewish Fraternity, its subsequent elimination of sectarian membership practices in 1954, its acceptance of mergers from other fraternal groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s, its elimination of pledging and its ability to solve enormous problems when others abandoned the effort.
Since the practice of pledging and all second-class status practices were abolished in ZBT in 1989, all men are initiated as full equals with full rights and responsibility within 72 hours of being invited to join the Fraternity. Pledging is indicative of a culture of hazing that we do not support.
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is forward-thinking, yet mindful of our traditions. We are focused on individual brothers, yet encompassing of the culture of our Brotherhood. Above all, we value integrity and equality, yet we remember that those qualities are a choice made by each man for himself, so we challenge our brothers to nurture, encourage and support each other and themselves.