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David Brickner is the CEO and executive director of Jews for Jesus, the leading Jewish mission and evangelistic organization in the world. He has dedicated his career to sharing the hope of the gospel with his Jewish people worldwide.
David Brickner has been the executive director of Jews for Jesus since 1996. Born in Massachusetts to Jewish parents, he comes from five generations of Jewish followers of Messiah Jesus. David considers himself living proof that following Jesus does not require abandoning one’s Jewish identity.
David oversees the work of Jews for Jesus in over a dozen countries worldwide. Under his leadership, Jews for Jesus has advanced internationally with missionaries in 12 countries, the largest number being in Israel.
He is the author of several books, including Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles and Future Hope—A Jewish Christian Look at the End of the World. David has been interviewed on secular and Christian national radio and television shows, including Larry King Live and In the Market with Janet Parshall.
David is married to Sabra Brickner and is the proud father of Isaac, Ilana, and Sivan, and grandfather to Norah, Levy, and Itai.
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Director of Alumni Ministry
David “Moose” Garrett and his wife, Kathleen, have been involved with Jews for Jesus since 1975 and have served on staff at the international headquarters in San Francisco since 1981. Currently, David ministers to those who have grown up in our children and youth programs as well as those who have served on staff with Jews for Jesus, while Kathleen serves in our Philanthropy Department. The Garretts have two married daughters, Virginia (married to Joshua) and Monica (married to Noah). They also have six little friends (grandchildren): Simeon, Malachi, Eli, Lylah, Daniel, and Clay.
Chief Partnership Officer
Susan Perlman works with like-minded mission agencies, messianic congregations, churches, associations and theological institutions for purpose of establishing strategic partnerships so that they can do more to bless Jewish people with the good news of Yeshua than they can do alone. She also serves as First Assistant to executive director David Brickner. One of the co-founders of Jews for Jesus, Susan also serves on their Executive Leadership Team.
Scholar in Residence, Missionary
Rich has been on staff since 1978. He has served at several Jews for Jesus branches and was a pianist and songwriter with their music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. He is now at the San Francisco headquarters, where he conducts research, writes and edits as the senior researcher. He is author of the books Christ in the Sabbath and The Day Jesus Did Tikkun Olam: Jewish Values and the New Testament, and co-author of Christ in the Feast of Pentecost. Rich received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.
Rob Wertheim is a senior missionary serving with the San Francisco branch of Jews for Jesus. He has been on staff since 1988 and has participated in and led several outreaches during that time. Rob’s father and mother are Holocaust survivors, originally from Germany and are also believers in Jesus. His wife, Sandy, is a Jewish believer as well. However, she is the only one in her family that knows the Lord. Rob and Sandy have three grown children, Saul, Rose and Josh.
Newsletter Editor, Missionary
Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as “Jesusness.” Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She’s toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She wrote and/or edited quite a few of our evangelistic resources. She has also helped other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was “one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.” For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy: the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, visit our online store.
Ruth also edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter for Christians to help those who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries stay connected. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys her personal writing projects (fiction and non fiction) and hanging out with her dog, Carli Grace, whom she rescued. Ruth says, “Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they’d probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I’m glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues.”