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Director of Communications, Missionary

Susan Perlman is one of the co-founders of Jews for Jesus. Susan is the associate executive director of Jews for Jesus and also director of communications for the organization. She also serves as the editor in chief of ISSUES, their evangelistic publication for Jewish seekers. She left a career track in New York City to help launch Jews for Jesus in San Francisco in the early 1970s. See more here.

In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

Gedalia was a kid (baby goat) with no future—no future, that is, other than being passed on a platter from one guest to the next at the Passover seder of Yossel and Shayna Rabinovitch.

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Susan Perlman Bio
January 24, 2017
Author: Susan Perlman
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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

Heshie thought it was a waste of time to study the Holy Book. Until he was transported to the time of Judah the Maccabee…

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From Loss to Life
Author: Susan Perlman

When I was diagnosed with cancer, my mother said to me, “Why you, Susan?” I remember replying, “Why not me? Would it be better if it were someone else’s daughter?

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A Permanent Egalitarian Prayer Space at the Western Wall
February 12, 2016
Author: Susan Perlman

A recent controversial decision by the Israeli government will affect men and women who pray at the Western (Wailing) Wall

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In Memory of Rose Price
May 18, 2015
Author: Susan Perlman

I discovered quickly, upon our first interaction over thirty years ago, Rose Price was an original.  Anyone who knew her would tell you that. And even if you didn’t know her, you’d know it the moment you heard her story…

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For Such a Time as Purim 2015
March 2, 2015
Author: Susan Perlman

Anti-Semitism seems to be at a high right now.  After the horrific Paris attacks and the general anti-Jewish sentiment throughout Europe, perhaps Israel’s Prime Minister (his country has the largest Jewish population in the world) has concerns that are warranted.  Iran (Persia of old) has a long history of looking to get rid of Jews. […]

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December Conundrum…and Solution
Author: Susan Perlman

Who is the One who can unite us during the Hanukkah/Christmas season?

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When Jews Were Proselytizers
June 12, 2014
Author: Susan Perlman

The Jewish Daily Forward, a well-known publication in the Jewish community (117-year-old paper), recently resurrected the issue of Jewish evangelism from a traditional Jewish perspective. Are the Jewish people meant to be mission-minded? Did God choose us for a purpose that we’re to share with others? Read the Answer.

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If Jesus is the Messiah
May 22, 2014
Author: Susan Perlman

Why all the suffering in the world? Why isn’t there real and lasting peace? Why all the persecutions in the name of Jesus? Why don’t rabbis believe in him? Why doesn’t he say so? There is an answer for each of these questions, if you are interested. Of course, if you’re only looking to disprove […]

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The Paradox of the Rock
May 6, 2014
Author: Susan Perlman


The history of modern Israel holds a fascination for me, so when I came upon a television documentary on one of the heroes of early Israel, Mordechai “Motti” Hod, I found myself riveted….”

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

When the junk dealer’s goods appeared to be magically restored, the good citizens of Vaysechvoos was sure Messiah was at the door!

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A Messianic Jewish Look at Sustainability
Author: Susan Perlman

Tending the Garden of Life? “Is the environment a Jewish concern?” asks Rabbi Eric Lankin, chief of institutional advancement and education for the Jewish National Fund. “Under tikkun olam, we have an obligation and need to restore the broken world. We have an obligation to love all of God’s creatures. When we endanger something, we […]

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Who will be in the Super Bowl? The best option…
January 18, 2012
Author: Susan Perlman

Just because the media spotlight is off of Tim Tebow, doesn’t mean that avid football fans who are interested in God, don’t have a story to tell. The NFC/AFC championship games are this coming Sunday. And there are several scenarios that could become reality: There could be a re-match of Super Bowl XLII with the […]

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Assimilation or Acculturation?
Author: Susan Perlman

What Hanukkah Has to Show Us If you listen to the Jewish experts, they all seem to agree on one thing: one of the greatest threats to Jewish survival is assimilation.  Some say that assimilation is a result of intermarriage and are quick to point out that the rate of Jewish-Gentile marriages is on the […]

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A Purim Lesson: Taking Risks
March 6, 2011
Author: Susan Perlman

Purim is all about survival—the survival of the Jewish people. It is as relevant today as is was in the sixth century b.c. when the story of Purim (recorded in the book of Esther) first unfolded. It remains relevant because, as a people, we’ve faced continual threats to our survival.  In ancient Egypt it was […]

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A NOTE FROM SUSAN PERLMAN: The Paradox of the Rock
August 1, 2010
Author: Susan Perlman


The history of modern Israel holds a fascination for me, so when I came upon a television documentary on one of the heroes of early Israel, Mordechai “Motti” Hod, I found myself riveted…”

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A Note From Susan Perlman: On the Campaign Trail
July 1, 2010
Author: Susan Perlman


Elli met a group of Israelis in Chinatown. They asked him if he spoke Hebrew. Since he did, they proceeded to ask him a very Jewish question: “Where can we find a good Chinese restaurant?”; Elli, hoping to satisfy a different kind of hunger, then asked them a question: “Who do you think Jesus is?”; So goes a typical day in New York on our summer witnessing campaign!”

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Book Launch!
December 1, 2009
Author: Susan Perlman

On December 8, Susan Perlman hosted a special gathering on behalf of Jews for Jesus in celebration of the new book, Jews and the Gospel at the end of History: A Tribute to Moishe Rosen. It was a time for some of Moishe’s friends to come and visit with him, as well as have him […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

In Vaysechvoos, as for Jews everywhere, Pesach was a very special occasion. Each house was made spotless and bright. All chometz was removed and all the special Passover dishes and utensils were brought out. The families eagerly awaited the celebration with its lengthy and elaborate telling of the Exodus story. The youngest sons spent hours […]

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