Grand Order of the
Aleph Zadik Aleph
Our fraternity, AZA, is named with the Hebrew letters Aleph Zadik Aleph and stands for Ahava, fraternal love, Tzedakah, benevolence, and Ahdoot, harmony. These are some of our core values. For generations, young Jews have called themselves “Alephs” as part of our international brotherhood. Our programming focuses on being well-rounded, values-driven individuals and includes social events with the B'nai B'rith Girls and other AZA chapters, community service projects, athletic tournaments, Judaic enrichment, and more. As brothers, we support each other and our development as leaders and Jewish community members.
AZA has its roots in Omaha.
In 1923, fourteen boys in Omaha, Nebraska formed the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA). Abe Baboir was elected as the first president and Nathan Mnookin served as the first advisor. On May 3, 1924, their organization officially became the Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph.
We've come a long way since then - 700 chapters serving over eight thousand Alephs around the globe. The rituals and traditions of AZA have stood the test of time, and Alephs will "sing to AZA for generations to come.
The Cardinal Principles of AZA
To give of myself and my substance for all worthy causes; to be kind and generous to all in need, regardless of race or color.
A spirit of sociability, of cooperation, and of friendship toward all Alephs that shall make of us one fellowship; a love of and a loyalty to AZA and its ideals.
Loyalty to my homeland, to its laws, to its principles, to its ethics. To die for it if need be, but primarily to live for it.
Never too bold, never too forward, ever humble, ever observing the principles of gentlemen.
Ever to honor and love my parents. To be considerate of my elders and to respect age.
Always to observe the tenets of my faith; ever to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord my
To keep my soul pure, my mind active, and my body healthy.