Pi Lambda Phi International Fraternity Inc. ( or Pilam) is a college social fraternity with 35 active chapters and four colonies in the United States and Canada. The fraternity was founded at Yale University by Frederick Manfred Werner, Louis Samter Levy, and Henry Mark Fisher in 1895. These three, men all Jewish, were determined to start something new. Together they decided to start the first fraternity that was open to all men without regard to race, religion or creed. Chapters at other universities started soon after. While non-sectarian, it was predominantly Jewish until the end of World War II. It was founded as the first non-sectarian fraternity, 'a fraternity in which all men were brothers, no matter what their religion; a fraternity in which ability, open-mindedness, farsightedness, and a progressive, forward-looking attitude would be recognized as the basic attributes.'
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