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Phi Alpha (fraternity)

Phi Alpha (ΦΑ) was a historically Jewish Fraternity founded in 1914. It merged with Phi Sigma Delta in 1959.[1]


Phi Alpha was founded at George Washington University on October 14, 1914. The founders were David Davis, Edward Lewis, Hyman Shapiro, Reuben Schmidt and Maurice Herzmark. The first pledge ceremony was in February 1915, and was followed by the establishment of a chapter House. Dr Edward Cafritz transferred to University of Maryland, Baltimore and helped start Beta chapter, which was installed on February 22, 1916. This was followed by Gamma chapter at Georgetown University on December 26, 1916. In 1921, Phi Alpha was a member of the National Interfraternity Conference. In 1926, the fraternity was incorporated nationally and the first BULLETIN was published. In April 1959, the fraternity merged with Phi Sigma Delta.