New York City, 1898
92 chapters and colonies
Penn State University, 1920
Brotherhood for a Lifetime; Powerhouse of Excellence
Intellectual awareness, Social Responsibility, Integrity, and Brotherly Love
Robert Kraft, Henry and Richard Bloch, Tal Brody, Benjy Bronk
Blue and Gold
Penn State was home to 3 of ZBT's 4 predecessor Fraternities: Theta Chapter of Phi Epsilon Pi, Sigma Chapter of Phi Sigma Delta, and the Alpha Psi Chapter of ZBT. The Zeta Beta Tau chapter of Alpha Psi was chartered at Penn State on March 30, 1946. The Chapter's actual founding dates back to November 18, 1920, when Sigma Tau Phi, a Nationally recognized Jewish engineering fraternity, chartered its Gamma Chapter at Pennsylvania State College and later merged with ZBT. The Alpha Psi chapter is active and recolonized, has recently been granted approval to become a chapter, and will be chartered in Fall 2017. Our chapter is currently growing quickly, both in numbers and in our impact on the community.
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity was inspired by Richard J. H. Gottheil, a professor at Columbia University and a leader in the early American Zionist movement. On December 29, 1898, Professor Gottheil gathered together a group of Jewish students to form a Zionist youth society called Z.B.T. In 1954, Zeta Beta Tau's Constitution was ammended to open membership to good men of all faiths and beliefs. In 1989, ZBT eliminated pledging and all second-class status from the Fraternity. In its place, ZBT established a Brotherhood Program, with minimum standards, as well as programs of education, bonding, and earning one's Brotherhood status that applied to all Brothers of ZBT. The Fraternity is currently 92 chapters strong. - More
The mission of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is to foster and develop in its membership the tenets of its Credo: Intellectual Awareness, Social Responsibility, Integrity and Brotherly Love, in order to prepare its members for positions of leadership and service within their communities.
Since 1954, ZBT has been committed to its policy of non-sectarian Brotherhood, and values the diversity of its membership. ZBT will recruit and initiate men of good character, regardless of religion, race, or creed, who are accepting of these principles.
If you're interested in rushing or would like to know more about the recruitment process, feel free to email our recruitment director, Josh Schaffer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We believe that philanthropy and serving our communities not only does justice at large, but strengthens the bond of brothers in the common good. Those who are endowed privilege and circumstances better than the average man have a responsibility to give back to those communities which molded them. ZBT has a proud history of initiating philanthropy events and service projects for our university community. In addition to constantly exceeding university standards, the brothers of ZBT are always on the lookout for community service opportunities, or creating our own. For Get on the Ball, one of our national philanthropies, we partner with the Children's Miracle Network to raise money for their cancer research, raising thousands of dollars. Brothers of ZBT take giving back seriously by adhering to one of our foremost guiding principles: integrity. Philanthropy at ZBT is one of those opportunities for brothers to selflessly make a difference while showing what Greek Life is really about.
In addition to these, one notable annual Penn State tradition is an absolute favorite among our brothers: THON, the 46-hour dance marathon for which we raise money to support pediatric cancer research at the Hershey Medical Center. We love bonding over canning weekends spent all over the east coast and standing as a group at THON itself. If you would like to contribute to our 2018 THON total fundraising, please check back here soon for a donation link.
Tradition never graduates. With this in mind, we would like to welcome you to our website. As the Alpha Psi chapter begins to grow, alumni support is crucial for our continued success. Alumni can provide assistance, financial or not, to the undergrads, while the current brothers can carry on the tradition of ZBT at Penn State and allow alumni to relive some of the best days of their lives. We are excited to announce that semesterly Alumni Weekends are being planned, something that will strengthen our relationship. Beyond those weekends, our house is always open to those visiting Happy Valley. Additionally, we invite you to join our Alumni Facebook group.
All alumni are encouraged to sign up to our brand-new quarterly alumni newsletter to stay connected to the roots of our brotherhood. The newsletters include info about alumni events, recruitment success, donation opportunities, philanthropy goals, and more. As always, it’s great to be a Zeeb!Sign Up
Questions about rushing? Email our Recruitment Director, Josh Schaffer, at email@example.com
Stay up to date by following our social media accounts!
Alumni Chair: Alex Duffy firstname.lastname@example.org
THON Chair: Noah Bender email@example.com
President: Jack Kirshenbaum firstname.lastname@example.org
House Address: 328 E Fairmount Ave, State College, 16801