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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 You 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 nearly three decades 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 if you are interested in joining the Brotherhood for a Lifetime. Email us at zbt@zbtnational.org, call (317) 334-1898 or send a note through our online form.

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!


  • “I am lucky to have a great group of guys to call my brothers in helping to build up our chapter. I can speak for all of us when I say we are extremely excited for this year and the years to come as brothers of ZBT. I know we’ll do great things on campus and in the community. I can’t wait to see where we are a year from now.”

    Daniel A. Hadad

    Alpha Nu
    Muhlenberg College 2018

  • “I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of such an amazing organization with such great people. I’m looking forward to all the things our colony can accomplish, and all the challenges we will face that will ultimately make our organization stronger. It’s great to be a ZBT, always.”

    Corey R. Kosmin

    University of Michigan 2019

  • “I am honored and humbled to be able to bring back the Alpha Tau Colony of Zeta Beta Tau to Franklin and Marshall College as a Founding Father. I am excited about the great group of guys we have gathered together, and I feel lucky to be able to call these men my brothers. Together I know we will continue to grow and develop as a brotherhood. … We are eager to pay it forward by getting involved in as much as possible on campus and in the local community. I can’t wait to see how far we will have come in the next year.”

    Matthew A. Tancer

    Alpha Tau
    Franklin & Marshall College 2018