International Staff

David Brickner

David Brickner – International Executive Director

David Brickner leads the best known Jewish evangelism agency in the world, Jews for Jesus. With branches in fourteen countries including Israel, Jews for Jesus is known for its forthright evangelistic approach in major Jewish population centers around the world. A Jewish believer in Jesus himself, David has been in ministry for over thirty years and has appeared many times on secular television and radio programs to make the case for Jews believing in Jesus including the internationally-syndicated program Larry King Live. Biblically conservative, as well as contemporary and engaging, he is a sought after speaker for major pulpits and conferences. He is the author of numerous published articles as well as four books including his latest, Christ in the Feast of Pentecost

susan perlman

Susan Perlman – Associate Executive Director

Susan Perlman had a “typical” Jewish upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, yet her life as one of the founders of Jews for Jesus has been anything but typical. Susan came to believe in Jesus after a street encounter with Christian rock singer Larry Norman. You can order her story here. Soon after coming to faith, Susan moved to San Francisco. There her experience as an advertising copywriter and social activist helped shaped Jews for Jesus into the agency that changed the face of Jewish evangelism—making the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to Jewish people worldwide. She helped write (and acted in) the ministry’s dramatic presentations, authored numerous broadside tracts, and has been in charge of our media relations since the very beginning. She also created (and still serves as editor in chief) ISSUES our publication for Jewish people who are willing to explore issues from the perspective of Jews who believe in Jesus.

Avi Synder

Avi Snyder – European Director

Avi Snyder was raised in a Jewish home in New York and came to a saving faith in Jesus in 1977 with the help of a Jews for Jesus tract and the forthright witness of Christian friends.  He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary, the School of World Mission, with a Masters degree in missiology.  Avi has served with Jews for Jesus since 1978 and has provided leadership for the ministry in Los Angeles, New York, and London.  He also established the work in the former USSR where he lived for seven years.  For eight years, he supervised the establishment of the German work.  He now lives with his wife Ruth in Budapest where he provides oversight for the start of this latest Jews for Jesus ministry.  He currently serves as European Director, overseeing the work in Europe and in the former USSR.

Dan Sered

Dan Sered – Israel Director

Dan Sered was born in Israel on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. His upbringing, like that of many Israelis, was secular, though he was bar mitzvah at age thirteen. Two years later, his family moved to New York where Dan attended Stony Brook University and met Dinah, a Jewish believer in Jesus. Dinah shared the Gospel with Dan explaining that the name of Jesus in Hebrew is Y’shua, and showed Dan how the Hebrew Bible spoke of His coming. Dan committed his life to Y’shua, but not before telling his parents first. Surprisingly, they didn’t respond negatively and Dan discovered that Dinah, her family and church had all prayed about his parents’ response. Dan’s parent’s reaction was one of ‘you will get over this Jesus’ which off course Dan did not. This led to Dan’s parents’ disowning him. In August 1999 Dan & Dinah were married and shortly after they responded to God’s call to serve as missionaries joining Jews for Jesus. In August 2000 they moved to Israel where they have been serving with the ministry since. In 2006, Dan was appointed as the director of Jews for Jesus Israel. In 2013 Dan completed his Master of Arts degree in Jewish ministry and leadership from Western Seminary. Dan & Dinah have 3 children; Yael, Eithan and Yoav. Dan & Dinah’s children have led to a softening of Dan’s parent’s rejection and today they have a relationship with Dan’s family; but still they are not open to the Gospel and Jesus.

 

Dr Richard Harvey – Senior Researcher

Richard is a UK based-Jewish believer in Jesus (Yeshua) who has served with the Church’s Ministry among the Jewish people (CMJ) and as UK Director of Jews for Jesus. He became a believer in Jesus in 1974 from a Liberal Jewish background. His and his wife’s story are told in “But I’m Jewish!”

He taught Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at All Nations Christian College, UK, and was Academic Dean and Director of Postgraduate Studies. He is a past President of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA). His PhD was supervised by Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok and is published as Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology: A Constructive  Approach (2009). He is now Senior Researcher with Jews for Jesus, and spends his time writing, teaching, training, mentoring and drinking coffee in UK, Israel and around the world.

He is married to Monica, who is also a Jewish believer in Jesus, and has two children and two grandchildren. He blogs at https://messianicjewishhistory.wordpress.com/ and his website is at http://www.mappingmessianicjewishtheology.eu/

 

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