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Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) was founded in 1898 as the world's first Jewish Fraternity. The Fraternity's history includes a series of mergers following a pattern of linking common traditions. Today, ZBT is a Brotherhood of Kappa Nu, Phi Alpha, Phi Epsilon Pi, Phi Sigma Delta and Zeta Beta Tau. ZBT prides itself on being an inclusive organization welcoming of any college man who understands and appreciates our mission. With more than 140,000 initiated men ZBT's can be found in all aspects of life: business, entertainment, media, politics, and much more. In 1989, ZBT became the first fraternity to abolish pledging from its organization and, in its place, created a brotherhood program that focuses on equal rights, privileges, and responsibilities for all members. 

The Mission of Zeta Beta Tau 
The mission of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity (ZBT) 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.

Mindful of its founding in 1898 as the Nation's first Jewish Fraternity, ZBT will preserve and cultivate its relationships within the Jewish community. 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.

Our Credo
At the 1963 National Convention in San Francisco, a dozen or so chapter presidents were concerned about the wave of anti-establishment feeling which was emerging throughout the country, particularly as this manifested itself on college campuses in growing anti-fraternity sentiment. They determined to draw up a resolution that would serve as an effective response - at least so far as ZBT was concerned - to those who claimed fraternities were irrelevant and had outgrown their usefulness.

The resolution, which the Convention adopted overwhelmingly, became so widely quoted during years of the 1960s that is become known as the "Credo" of Zeta Beta Tau.

We, the brothers of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, believe that the development of the individual as a responsible, mature member of society is the primary goal of the university today. 

We believe that fraternity offers to the university a unique, desirable and successful means of achieving this goal. 

In fulfilling the purpose of fraternity, we dedicate ourselves to the principles of:

INTELLECTUAL AWARENESS. Fraternity creates an atmosphere conducive to the expansion of the individual's intellectual horizons, the interchange of ideas within the academic community and the pursuit of scholastic excellence. 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Fraternity requires the individual to commit himself and accept his responsibility to participate. 

INTEGRITY. Fraternity generates a standard of personal integrity – a framework for the individual to maintain honest, exhibit loyalty and retain a sense of self-discipline. 

BROTHERLY LOVE. Fraternity inspires and expresses the interrelation of the individual with his fellows, his pride in the institution and respect for the wisdom of its traditions.