Sigma Alpha Mu is a fraternity that is open to all men of good moral character. Until 1953, membership in the fraternity had been limited to Jewish men. The fraternity acknowledges with deep appreciation its Jewish heritage which has enriched its life and the lives of its chapters and members. The fraternity also values free speech and association which are important components of this resolution.
FAQs on the ΣΑΜ Pro-Israel Resolution additional resources follow below the resolution.
The Octagon of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity unanimously approved the following resolution at its Fall 2015 meeting the weekend of December 5, 2015:
Whereas Sigma Alpha Mu was founded as a fraternity of Jewish men in 1909.
And whereas Sigma Alpha Mu continues to attract members of all beliefs who appreciate our great heritage as a fraternity of Jewish men.
And whereas Sigma Alpha Mu is a fraternity of over 2,100 current undergraduates and 45,000 living alumni.
And whereas Sigma Alpha Mu has many Israeli-American alumni and undergraduate members.
And whereas thousands of Sigma Alpha Mu undergraduate members and alumni have traveled to Israel on Taglit-Birthright programs.
And whereas Sigma Alpha Mu believes Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.
And whereas Sigma Alpha Mu supports the U.S.-Israel relationship because Israel is America's closest ally in the Middle East.
And whereas Sigma Alpha Mu will not sit idly as anti-Israel speech permeates across American college campuses.
And whereas Sigma Alpha Mu officially opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.
Therefore, be it resolved, Sigma Alpha Mu will do everything in our power to strengthen ties between our undergraduate members, living alumni and the State of Israel.
This document outlines rules of engagement and provides answers to questions Fratres, alumni and other Fraternity stakeholders may ask. The fraternity is preparing a guide to address BDS on campus that will be distributed to all chapters. In addition, the ΣΑΜ Foundation offers Jewish Endeavors Initiatives grants for individuals and chapters to host or participate in programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Octagon expect of Sigma Alpha Mu members related the Pro-Israel Resolution?
The Octagon expects Sigma Alpha Mu members to become more educated on the issues. The Arab-Israeli conflict is complex and cannot be simplified into a bumper sticker.
What is the boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) movement and why does Sigma Alpha Mu oppose it?
What do we mean in saying, “Sigma Alpha Mu will do everything in our power to strengthen ties between our undergraduate members, living alumni and the State of Israel?”
If contacted by the media or campus newspaper, how should you respond?
How does this impact non-Jewish members of Sigma Alpha Mu?
How should chapters address acts of violence or Anti-Semitism on campus?
How should fraternity chapters address individual members that might oppose this resolution?
What training is available for members of ΣΑΜ?
What are ways in which you or your chapter can get involved?
What information should you report to Sigma Alpha Mu headquarters?
What are possible campus-based resources that members can seek out?
For more information about this resolution or to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are several links to provide information about the BDS movement and context through various writings on the topic.