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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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Newborn
Author: Susan Perlman

But as the months progressed, so did Shifra’s frantic behavior. She would only wear clothing that was blue, said to be an unpleasant color to demons. Noise was also a good safeguard. So bells and clappers sounded incessantly in the home.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Gedalia the Goat
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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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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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Heshie’s Dream
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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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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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Sage Advice
Author: Jews for Jesus

A young man is hurrying home to prepare for Rosh Hashanah when he is accosted by two hooligans, beaten and robbed and left in the alley he had used for a shortcut.

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Wise Stranger
Author: Jews For Jesus

In the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos, a wise stranger passes through and confounds the local rabbi.

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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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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
Topics: anti-semitism, purim
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....

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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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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Leah’s Dreams
Author: Susan Perlman

Leah’s dreams about the shtetl always came true. Except once.

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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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The Paradox of the Rock
May 6, 2014
Topics: yom haatzmaut
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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