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David Brickner | San Francisco

Executive Director, Missionary

David Brickner is executive director of Jews for Jesus. David oversees the world-wide ministry from its headquarters in San Francisco. David received his Master’s degree in Missiology with a concentration in Jewish Evangelism and Judaic Studies from the Fuller School of World Mission. He has authored several books, and has been interviewed on national television shows such as Larry King Live. David’s daughter, Ilana is a recent graduate of Biola. His son, Isaac is on the missionary staff of Jews for Jesus. Isaac and his wife, Shaina, have one daughter, Nora, which makes David part of the grandparent club, a membership he is very proud of. See more here.

RealTime

The “sister” publication to the The Jews for Jesus Newsletter. RealTime arrives by e-mail to keep you posted on the very latest news that our print publications can’t keep up with. The content is different from the Newsletter and includes late-breaking stories and full-color photographs. Why not sign up for both RealTime and the Newsletter?
A Note from David Brickner: Celebrate our 40th year of ministry with us!
September 13, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Watch a video message from our executive director.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out David’s reflections on Jews for Jesus’ 40th anniversary from our September print newsletter.

And remember, as our RealTime format transitions, we are looking forward to launching a new website with all sorts of cool ways to get you the latest news from Jews for Jesus.

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Israel’s Salvation
July 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

I just had the opportunity to speak at the Messiah Conference in Grantham, Pennsylvania on a topic that is dear to me. I know that many of you feel as I do about Israel so I thought I might share some of that message here with you. With Egypt and Syria in flames it is […]

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A Matter of Inches
June 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

It was the weekend and I had just returned from the morning’s worship service. I was on my couch when I noticed something on the floor. I got up to retrieve it and jammed my toe hard into the foot of the coffee table. Time seemed to go in slow motion as I summersaulted over the top of the coffee table and landed hard on my left wrist, my head and neck only inches from the sharp corner of the table.

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Those Great Special Effects
May 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Happy Pentecost! Most Christians think of Pentecost as the story of the early church in Acts 2, which many churches will commemorate this Sunday, May 19. But as mentioned in our Jewish Facts of Life last month, the Festival of Pentecost goes all the way back to the Law of Moses.* And while some church […]

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Pray for Israel

Pray for Israel
April 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

This edition of RealTime comes to you on Yom ha-Azma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day (from sundown to sundown, April 15-16). Sixty-five years ago the modern state was born out of the ashes of the Holocaust, a true miracle of God’s mercy towards His chosen people. Yet it seems as if just as many if not more […]

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Wandering Jews for Jesus

Wandering Jews for Jesus
March 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

When I was growing up my mom always had beautiful plants hanging in the window of our family room. Their purple and green leaves always looked full and fresh. But the plants, called “Wandering Jews,” actually looked a lot nicer than the notion behind their name.

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Coincidence or Godincidence?
February 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Unpleasant, painful or difficult circumstances beyond your control ever get you down? Read on …

The festival of Purim (pronounced “poor-im”) on February 24-25 commemorates God’s deliverance of the Jewish nation as recounted in the Book of Esther. This joyous time is filled with games and fun and, of course, the reading of the Megillah (the Book of Esther)… Read More

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A Note From David Brickner: Launchers
January 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

This past month, I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Amazing Grace,” by Eric Metaxas. The book is a biography of William Wilberforce, well known as a driving force behind the abolitionist movement in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England. As a member of the British parliament, Wilberforce exerted tremendous energy and influence to end the brutally […]

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What Are You Keeping This Christmas?
December 15, 2012
Author: David Brickner

A television commercial pictures a frolicking family treading lightly through the snow, carrying a bunch of brightly wrapped packages. One package falls to the ground, seemingly unnoticed. With bells jingling in the background, the smallest child in the family returns to pick up the nearly forgotten package. She smiles angelically at the camera. The tagline […]

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A Note From David Brickner: Post-Election Jitters
November 12, 2012
Author: David Brickner

In this post-election period people throughout our country are experiencing a wide range of feelings … some are euphoric while others are anxious or even fearful. We are in a time of transition, and transition often creates uncertainty. As we move from the known toward the unknown there is often an accompanying sense of loss, […]

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What’s Going Right With the Harvest?
October 15, 2012
Author: David Brickner

In 1975 Dr. Jim Engel published an influential book on missions and evangelism titled, “What’s Gone Wrong with the Harvest.” That title seems to describe a dilemma still facing the church today, a dilemma reflected in a brand new Pew survey of the U.S religious landscape: “The number of Americans who do not identify with […]

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In Loving Memory of Jhan Moskowitz 1948-2012

A Note From David: A tribute to Jhan Moskowitz, one of the original Jews for Jesus
September 15, 2012
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Author: David Brickner

A week ago Wednesday I found myself sitting on a red eye flight to New York filled with shock and grief. As many of you know, Jhan Moskowitz—one of the founders of Jews for Jesus, and our North America Director—fell in the subway on Tuesday, September 4, receiving what turned out to be a fatal […]

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Small Miracles
August 14, 2012
Author: David Brickner

  • Video (above): Ruth Rosen introduces David Brickner’s article. When you think of modern-day miracles what comes to mind? For most people it is something spectacular, unmistakably impossible apart from God’s intervention. And, technically, miracles are God’s cosmic interruptions of natural occurrences. We ask God to perform miracles, such as reversing terminal cancer. I […]

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Shalom from New York City
July 12, 2012
Author: David Brickner

  • Video (above): David shares about his experience in New York. • Listen to the podcast of the whole article now. Greetings from the annual Jews for Jesus New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign. Our New York campaign is one of the longest standing traditions in the history of Jews for Jesus, dating back […]

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Precious in the Sight of the Lord
June 15, 2012
Author: David Brickner

  • Video (above): David shares about his colleague and dear friend Stan Telchin. • Listen to the podcast of the whole article now. My cell phone rang and I reluctantly stepped out of the hospital maternity room and away from my newborn granddaughter. The call was from Robyn Wilk, who leads our work in […]

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Which Jerusalem Day?
May 16, 2012
Author: David Brickner

    • Video (above): David speaks about his unforgettable first visit to Jerusalem. • Listen to the podcast of the whole article now. May 20 marked the celebration of “Yom Yerushalayim,” or “Jerusalem Day.”  It is a national holiday in Israel commemorating the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem in June […]

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A Note from David Brickner: Love at the Checkpoint
March 17, 2012
Author: David Brickner

  Watch David Brickner’s introduction to the article. Click here to listen to / download the podcast of the full article. Watch bonus Q&A videos about this article. Over the past weeks I have witnessed some intense and heated exchanges between believers in Jesus concerning a conference at Bethlehem Bible College called “Christ at the […]

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A Note from David Brickner: Look Before You Leap
February 15, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Watch David Brickner’s introduction along with bonus clips relating to the article. Click here to listen to the podcast of the full article. What do you plan to do with your extra 24 hours this month? Oh.  You didn’t know about that extra time did you? 2012 is a Leap Year with 366 days instead […]

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What’s So Controversial About Moishe Rosen?
January 21, 2012
Author: David Brickner

In less than two months the long awaited biography of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen will hit bookstores and e-readers across the country. Over seven years in the writing and authored by Ruth Rosen, Moishe’s second daughter, this fascinating chronicle of Rosen’s life is entitled, “Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen […]

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What Will You Be Wearing This Christmas?
December 16, 2011
Author: David Brickner

With Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner, many find themselves caught up in the question of clothing. Have you pulled that gaudy Christmas sweater out of the back of your closet yet? Or maybe you are trying to figure out what kind of clothing you might buy as gifts for loved ones. Perhaps you […]

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