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 graduate of Biola. His son Isaac is on the missionary staff of Jews for Jesus. Isaac and his wife Shaina have one daughter, Nora, and a son, Levy, which makes David part of the grandparent club, a membership he is very proud of. See more here.

Help Me Understand, Please!
February 1, 2007
Topics: moishes musings
Author: David Brickner

Have you ever been angry at a television commercial? Many commercials manipulate people’s emotions and make misleading promises. It is easy to become desensitized to this. However, when I see commercials that make something that is meaningful and noble into a...

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Why I Support Messianic Congregations
September 1, 2004
Author: David Brickner

Why I Support Messianic Congregations Jewish believers in Jesus don’t agree on everything—nor do we need to, as long as we agree on who Yeshua (Jesus) is and what He means to us. Nevertheless, we should do away with disagreements that cause division, especially...

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Christmas Would Be Impossible Without Hanukkah
December 1, 2002
Topics: christmas, hanukkah
Author: David Brickner

Find out why without Hanukkah, there would be no Christmas.

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The Mystery of the Passover Cup
March 1, 2002
Author: David Brickner

What does the Jewish Bible say about the Passover cup’s symbolism and meaning? What blessing can be found in remembering the story of redemption? Read here.

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God Chose You!
February 1, 2002
Topics: valentines day
Author: David Brickner

I frequently meet Christians who exclaim, I wish I were one of the chosen people!” While I appreciate their love of Jewish people, I enjoy pointing out, “If you know Jesus, the Bible says you are one of God’s chosen people.” Then I might add,...

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The Mosque, the Synagogue and the Church
January 1, 2002
Author: David Brickner

Have you noticed? Carefully selected clergy have presided over prayer meetings all across America in the wake of the terrorist tragedy of September 11. Many organizers for such meetings have made a point of having Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders standing side by...

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The Remnant and the Rest
October 1, 2001
Author: David Brickner

Leftover carpet from the Holy Land? That’s what some expected to find behind the storefront window prominently labeled Israel’s Remnant.” But neither my father, Avi Brickner, nor my grandfather, Fred Kendal, were carpet dealers. My grandfather...

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The Narrow Gate
April 1, 2001
Author: David Brickner

Many churches will move Sunday morning services out of their sanctuaries and into nearby auditoriums and even sports stadiums. Others will add extra services to accommodate an enormous increase in attendance. But only for one day. Easter Sunday. Many who would not...

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Haman and Hitler
March 1, 2000
Author: David Brickner

A 94 year-old Orthodox sage has poured more fuel on the flames of religious controversy in Israel by contending in a sermon that the Holocaust was God’s punishment (on the Jewish people)…” So reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in the January 4th...

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Jesus as Messiah in the Gospels
Author: David Brickner

An answer to the allegation that Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah.

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Integrity and Faithfulness
July 1, 1999
Author: David Brickner

We all know how upsetting it is to see a believer turn away from Jesus—whether it’s denying the faith outright or committing a grievous sin that shows that person’s heart has strayed far from the Lord. We wonder, How could this have happened?”...

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Christ in the Feast of Hanukkah
December 1, 1998
Author: David Brickner

Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the Temple, in Solomon’s porch” John 10:22-3 That is the only biblical reference to a well-known winter holiday that Jesus celebrated, a holiday many will celebrate...

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Reversing the Curse of Babel
May 1, 1998
Author: David Brickner

You probably know that many churches will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday on May 24—but did you know that the original Day of Pentecost” fell during the Jewish celebration of Shavuos? Shavuos (pronounce shah voo ohs), sometimes called Pentecost, is one of...

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No Coincidence
March 1, 1998
Author: David Brickner

This month, Jewish people around the world celebrate the festival of Purim (pronounced poor-im”). The holiday 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 the...

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Seven Reasons Why I Love the Church
February 1, 1998
Author: David Brickner

Christianity Today recently published a feature article titled, 100 Things the Church is Doing Right.”* That article started me thinking about all the things I love about God’s people, the Church. We don’t have a full magazine to develop the idea,...

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Jewish Resistance to the Gospel
November 20, 1997
Author: David Brickner

November 20, 1997 Paper presented to the Evangelical Missiological Society Santa Clara CA, November 20-22, 1997 Copyright © 1997 by David N. Brickner INTRODUCTION An oft told joke within the Jewish community opens with four Russian Jews on a train. It seems that each...

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Tabernacle of Peace
October 1, 1997
Topics: sukkot
Author: David Brickner

Imagine yourself seated in a room about 7 feet square in size. The walls and roof are thatched, made of loosely woven branches of willow, myrtle and palm trees. The air is fragrant with freshly picked fruit. You look up to see fresh dates, pomegranates, bananas and...

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Out of Egypt
April 1, 1997
Topics: passover
Author: David Brickner

A Passover riddle to ponder: when does a haven of safety become a house of slavery? Along with that riddle, I’ll pose one of the most difficult commands for believers in Jesus to get straight: how to be in the world but not of it. It is a challenging paradox....

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The Power of Thanksgiving
November 1, 1996
Author: David Brickner

Thanksgiving can change your life. Really. I’m not talking about the holiday, though I know it’s that time of year. I’m talking about being thankful and giving thanks. And if you’re like me, you’ll agree it’s never too early or too...

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Exodus and Exile
April 1, 1989
Author: David Brickner

Since the Diaspora, two major events of Jewish history have encouraged and perplexed the Jewish community. Great and simple minds alike have pondered the significance of the Exodus and the problem of the Exile. The Exodus from Egypt is a theme often repeated in Jewish...

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