Susan Perlman | San Francisco

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.

What is Shalom: the True Meaning
Author: Susan Perlman

What is that very elusive quality we call shalom? For it means different things to different people. The ancient Hebrew concept of peace, is rooted in the word “shalom,” meant wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, carrying with it the implication of permanence.

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6. Engaging with a student at Hebrew University, one of hundreds of conversations that took place over the month-long outreach.

The Most Comprehensive Jews for Jesus Campaign Ever Takes Place in Jerusalem
June 4, 2018
Author: Susan Perlman

Jews for Jesus said, “Behold Your God Jerusalem,” in an unprecedented way this past month. With over 200 staff and volunteers participating, the group engaged in over 5,000 conversations with Israelis about Jesus one on one and had over 200,000 check out their social media posts.

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Who is Jesus? Meet the most famous Jew who ever lived.
Author: Susan Perlman

A point by point look at Jesus’ claims, attitudes, actions and how he has affected the world.

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Integrity of Barna Data on Jewish Millennials Called into Question by Some Jewish Leaders. Jews for Jesus Responds:
November 6, 2017
Author: Susan Perlman

The results of a recently released study by the Barna Group, Jewish Millennials: The Beliefs and Behaviors Shaping Young Jews in America, have been called into question by some Jewish leaders. This reaction is emotional and unfounded.

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Barna Releases New Study on American Jewish Millennials: The Results Offer Some Surprises
October 30, 2017
Author: Susan Perlman

The Barna team found that Millennial Jews in America present quite a paradox.

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Jews for Jesus Responds to Evangelical Church in Germany’s (EKD) Renunciation of Jewish Evangelism
November 21, 2016
Author: Susan Perlman

At their annual synod, the EKD, a group of Lutheran, Reformed and United churches that comprise the liberal wing of Protestantism in Germany, passed a resolution renouncing its mission to convert Jews to Christianity.

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A Brooklyn-bred Jews for Jesus co-founder looks back on her journey to faith: “Jesus People,” Larry Norman, Breast Cancer, and Hope in Yeshua
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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Jews for Jesus Libeled in the Jerusalem Online
February 22, 2016
Author: Susan Perlman

Jews for Jesus missionaries are wrongly being charged with links to Arab terrorists according to a Jerusalem Online report. Father Gabriel Naddaf of Nazareth alleges that, by association, Jews for Jesus is in collusion with those who are anti-Zionist. He cites conversations with two Jews for Jesus staff members, both of whom have served as soldiers in the IDF and currently serve in the Israeli reserves.

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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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December Conundrum…and Solution
Author: Susan Perlman

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

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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....

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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....

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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...

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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...

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Summer is Here!
May 30, 2007
Author: Susan Perlman
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Media Make Much of Jews Believing in Jesus
September 1, 2006
Author: Susan Perlman

Jews for Jesus and “the media” have a long history. We first put up handbills on the kiosks of San Francisco State University and the University of California Berkeley using the slogan “Jews for Jesus.” The national press confused the number of posters with the number...

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Resolutions That Guard Your Heart
Author: Susan Perlman

We don’t always know how the resolutions we make may one day guard our hearts—or even our bodies—as I discovered at the Israel in the Garden” celebration in San Francisco. It is amazing how many ways people can make their displeasure known when you are...

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Sticks and Stones…
July 7, 2005
Author: Susan Perlman

Our Australia branch was vandalized last week with windows being smashed in the middle of the night. This is the third time in three months. It’s not easy being a Jew for Jesus, but then, who promised easy? Some have said, it goes with the territory”, but...

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Jewish Humor in Not-so-Funny Times
Author: Susan Perlman

A look at the significance of Jewish laughter.

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What Is Peace?
Author: Susan Perlman

Everyone is for peace. No one is against it. Yet, how do we assess whether or not peace is possible in our day? Perhaps we can begin by asking ourselves, What is that very elusive quality we call peace?” To terrorists or tyrants, getting peace means eliminating...

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Guilty or Not Guilty?: The Passion, Collective Guilt and Choice
Author: Susan Perlman

Mel Gibson’s film, the Passion of Christ” provides a contemporary context for the age old question: “Who is responsible for Jesus’ death?””

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Thank God It Doesn’t Depend on Us
November 1, 2001
Author: Susan Perlman

It all began with an e-mail message from Karen, who wanted me to pray for a Jewish woman in her town. The woman, whom I will just call Lois,” was in the terminal stage of cancer. Karen’s pastor and his wife were already involved with Lois and her family;...

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The BYG Pic
May 1, 2001
Author: Susan Perlman

When it comes to effective witnessing, no tool can replace a trained, compassionate missionary meeting face to face with a Jewish seeker. And if Behold Your God is successful, our missionaries will be busier than ever, opening up the word of God with Jewish people who...

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Four Startling Facts About the Identity of the Messiah
Author: Susan Perlman

The Jewish prophets gave some very specific information about the Messiah not often discussed in synagogue.

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Gospel Ads
December 1, 1998
Topics: poetry
Author: Susan Perlman

If there is one time of year when the hearts of Jewish people seem to be softened to spiritual things, it’s during Advent. Perhaps it has to do with the positive message” specials on television, the carols on the radio or the plethora of Christmas theme...

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So Where Do I Stand? Confessions of a Politically Liberal, Theologically Conservative Jew for Jesus
Author: Susan Perlman

So Where Do I Stand? Confessions of a Politically Liberal, Theologically Conservative Jew for Jesus Alan Shore presents a good overview of the historical, social, cultural and religious aspects surrounding Jews and the Religious Right. He leaves us with the question,...

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Is There Hope for Peace?
Author: Susan Perlman

A biblical view of peace and how to attain it.

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When Jews Were Proselytizers
Author: Susan Perlman

Why most Jewish people no longer seek to convert non-Jews.

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Israel and Yeshua
March 1, 1995
Author: Susan Perlman

Book Title: Israel and Yeshua Author: Torleif Elgvin Date Published: 1993 Publisher: Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies Reviewer: Susan Perlman Review Date: March 1, 1995 For one brilliant nineteenth-century Jewish rationalist and disciple of Moses...

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His Coming Changed The World
October 1, 1994
Author: Susan Perlman

Yeshua made a profound impact on this world. Libraries are filled with books written about Him. Gifted composers were inspired to write music about Him. Works such as Handel’s Messiah and other great masterpieces have been performed and heard by millions. Great...

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Hell, Let’s Face It…!
Topics: afterlife, hell, heaven
Author: Susan Perlman

Former New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy had a dream in which he was in heaven and had assembled before him a baseball team of old time greats—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, et al. He was ecstatic! Then the phone rang and it was Satan calling to challenge the heavenly...

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Whose Earth Are We Ruining?
Author: Susan Perlman

“Blessed art thou O Lord our God, King of the universe, who formest light and createst darkness, who makest peace and createst all things; Who in mercy givest light to the earth and to them that dwell thereon, and in thy goodness renewest the creation every day...

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The Light of Two Faiths
Author: Susan Perlman

The Light of Two Faiths “The purpose of the celebration of Hanukkah is to welcome the Messiah. Peace is the Messiah. We light candles of peace to renew our faith in the ultimate triumph of peace over war. And we rededicate ourselves and our efforts to bringing...

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If you want life, expect pain
Author: Susan Perlman

A person sensitized by suffering might well ask the question, If God exists and he is loving, why does everything hurt so much?” There are no easy answers that we can give because the “so much” is something that only he or she can know. Nobody can...

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Hanukkah: Is It Really a Minor Festival?
Author: Susan Perlman

Hanukkah: Is It Really a Minor Festival? Rock of Ages, let our song Praise Thy saving power; Thou amidst the raging foes wast our shelt’ring tower. Furious they assailed us, But shine arm availed us, And Thy word broke their sword When our own strength failed...

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A Dream Shared
Author: Susan Perlman

I realized I couldn’t turn my back on all the injustices around me.” “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon him.” “I have a dream…”...

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I Remember
Author: Susan Perlman

Birth I remember sitting on daddy’s lap my pretty one” he used to say “give daddy a nice big kiss” I’d smile, put my chubby arms around his neck real tight then plant a big messy kiss on his rough cheek I remember the first day of school,...

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The True Zaddik
Author: Susan Perlman

The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hasidism, who lived from 1700 to 1760, taught: If a Zaddik (righteous one) wishes to raise a man up from the depths of sin, he must descend to his level. To what can it be compared? To a man trying to lift up someone who has fallen into a...

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Entering The Covenant
Author: Susan Perlman

Part of being a Jewish male involves entering the covenant through circumcision on the eighth day of life. My father had three daughters and, therefore, never had the opportunity to have a bris” and say the words: “Blessed art thou O Lord, King of the...

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