Tau Epsilon Phi is a national men’s fraternity founded at Columbia University in New York City in 1910 on the principles of friendship, chivalry and service. Formed by a group of 10 Jewish men who were excluded from membership in other fraternities due to their faith, they dedicated themselves to building an organization free from discrimination.
Tau Epsilon Phi can now be found along the East Coast of the US from Maine to Florida, and as far west as Indiana. ΤΕΦ continues to look at reopening chapters nationwide.
The Creed of Tau Epsilon Phi
TO LIVE in the light of Friendship—to judge our fellows not by their rank nor wealth but by their worth as men—to hold eternally before us the memory of those whom we have loved and lost—to hold forth in the solidarity of our brotherhood the nobility of action which will—make for the preservation of our highest and worthiest aim—and thus be true to the ideal of friendship—
TO WALK in the path of Chivalry- to be honorable to all men and defend that honor—to fulfill our given pledge at all times—to be true to the precepts of knighthood and win the love and care of the women of our dreams—and thus be true to the ideal of chivalry—
TO SERVE for the love of Service—to give unselfishly that which we may have to offer—to do voluntarily that which must be done —to revere God and to strive in His worship at all times—and thus be true to the ideal of service—
TO PRACTICE each day friendship—chivalry—service—thus keeping true to these—the three ideals—of the founders of our fraternity—this is the Creed of Tau Epsilon Phi.