NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The members of Alpha Epsilon Pi say they are touched by the show of support in the wake of last week’s incident in which their house was vandalized as the fraternity marked Holocaust Remembrance Day.
A GoFundMe page started by the Rutgers fraternity had received almost $1,400 in contributions by Thursday afternoon – nearly three times the original goal.
The proceeds will be donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
The page was created after the fraternity house on Sicard Street was pelted with eggs as members commemorated Yom HaShoah with a 24-hour reading of the names of Holocaust victims.
“The Brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi at Rutgers University are grateful for the tremendous support we have received from the campus and area Jewish community as well as AEPi International,” according to a statement from the fraternity. “We are very thankful for the strong statement and stand against antisemitism that we have seen from our university administration.
“While sad this occurred, we are glad that the increased exposure brought about by this event has allowed us to raise even more in support of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.”
The members of Alpha Epsilon Pi were undeterred last week by the vandalism and continued to read the names of 20,000 lost souls.
The reading raised $2,000 for the Holocaust Museum.
Since then, support has also come from the university’s administration.
In an April 9 social media post, Rutgers-New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher Molloy said he is “deeply dismayed” by the vandalism.
“All members of our campus community deserve to learn and work in an environment in which they feel fully safe, valued and respected, free from anti-Semitism, and all other forms of hate and discrimination,” according to the post. “Rutgers University-New Brunswick will provide all necessary resources to help assure a thorough investigation by the Rutgers University Police Department to identify those responsible and hold them accountable.”