Our chapter, Simon Atlas AZA # 126 was founded in 1930 by a group of young, Jewish teens in the Rockville/Potomac area. It is named after Simon Atlas, a noted philanthropist and synagogue president in the local area. We pride ourselves on our history and tradition, having been the 126th chapter to come into existence out of an order of thousands.
Simon Atlas is a chapter of the international Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) order. AZA is the male wing of BBYO Inc. Simon Atlas is a youth-led fraternity and remains the oldest chapter in D.C. Council and the region. Winner of chapter of the year, Simon Atlas is strong in brotherhood, Judaism, responsibility, respect, and other traits young Jewish men need to learn before becoming men.
Every Saturday and Monday (and often Sunday) throughout the school-year we as a fraternity get together and go through member made programs (Saturday), self-run meetings about the upcoming and past week (Mondays) and sports (Sundays) as well as fundraising.
The youth run this chapter and actively seek to protect it. We build friendships with other members so strong others have called it brotherhood. Simon Atlas AZA is the home to many Jewish teens who because of it always have friends and family they can call home.