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Heritage Initiatives

Mindful of its founding in 1898 as the Nation's first Jewish Fraternity, ZBT preserves and cultivates its relationships within the Jewish community. Since 1954, ZBT has been committed to its policy of nonsectarian Brotherhood and values the diversity of its membership. ZBT recruits and initiates men of good character, regardless of religion, race, or orientation who are accepting of these principles.

As such, the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity remains in the unique position to serve as a convener on college campuses to address some of the deepest issues facing our brothers and their peers today: hate in all forms, including antisemitism. 

 

The Heritage Initiatives seek to:

  • Offer opportunities for undergraduate brothers to stay actively involved in Jewish activities.

  • Educate both alumni and undergraduates about important issues within the Jewish community.

  • Emphasize "tikkun olam," or repairing the world, through mission trips and projects within Jewish communities.

  • Strengthen connections with Jewish organizations on campus.

  • Pay tribute to the rich heritage of our fraternity.

  • Foster stronger relationships between ZBT and organizations that share similar origins and goals, providing our members with more programming options.

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Combatting Campus
Antisemitism

This educational workshop explores the history of antisemitism to build context for the ways it still shows up today. It challenges students to think critically about their own assumptions, beliefs, biases, and values to address historic and current inequalities. Combatting Campus Antisemitism is available virtually or in person at low- or no-cost for ZBT chapters.

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Partnership with the

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Undergraduate and alumni brothers, families, and guests will have the opportunity to spend a day at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This experience promises to be both timely and impactful, offering attendees the chance to learn about and reflect on issues of racial, religious, ethnic, and sexual orientation intolerances.

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Summit Against Hate

This required ZBT program is a virtual conclave and in-person panel held at and educational conference for campus life professionals. Featured panelists include campus Jewish life professionals from agencies like Hillel and Chabad, higher education pro-Israel professionals, and #StandUptoJewishHate representatives.

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Israel Education

Zeta Beta Tau assists our undergraduate brothers and their peer students in establishing a relationship with the State of Israel. Driven by our Heritage Initiative, the program seeks ways to partner with organizations that align themselves with similar values to develop educational programs that enable learning, promote dialogue, and generate ideas for the support of Israel. 

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Chapter Heritage Grants

The initiative provides funds for chapters to sponsor events with local organizations who assist ZBT in preserving and cultivating its relationships within the Jewish community, as well as ZBT’s heritage. Past grants have been awarded to programs such as events featuring speakers discussing Israel and hosting a Holocaust Remembrance Day event on campus.

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