INDIANAPOLIS, IN– Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish college fraternity, working with Synagogue Connect, has established an online system to match college students looking for a congregation at which to spend the High Holidays. This is the third year of the Alpha Epsilon Pi/Synagogue Connect partnership.
The online system is free and is open to all Jewish college undergraduate and graduate students looking to get off campus for the holidays.
Synagogue Connect founders Rabbi Ronald Brown and Rabbi Charles Klein have already gotten nearly 1,100 congregations from all denominations (Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox) and throughout the world to offer free seats for students. Students merely have to notify the synagogue in advance of the holiday that they will be attending and bring along a college ID.
Alpha Epsilon Pi built an online database, which allows students to search for congregations within a radius of a location of their choice for Synagogue Connect and also hosts the online Synagogue Connect program.
“We want to do everything possible to provide more opportunities for our brothers and all Jewish college students to have a meaningful experience during the upcoming High Holidays. Of course, many of our brothers will participate in on-campus services at Hillel and Chabad and we encourage that but this provides additional opportunities on some campuses and for all students,” said James Fleischer, AEPi’s chief executive officer.
To access the Synagogue Connect database, go to www.synagogueconnect.com.