Jews for Jesus

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Summary

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up primarily of Jewish people, as well as other followers of Jesus who are committed allies of the Jewish people. Our staff promote Jewish faith in Jesus, facilitate Jewish community, and provide local services.

Our staff come from diverse Jewish backgrounds-some were raised Orthodox Jewish, some nominally Jewish. We're artists, parents, doctors, and former IDF soldiers. But we have one thing in common: we all believe Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah our prophets foretold.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Jews for Jesus
60 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Website: www.jewsforjesus.org

Phone: (415) 864-2600

Email: jfj@jewsforjesus.org


Organization details

EIN: 942222464

CEO/President: Mr. David Brickner

Chairman: Mr. David Brickner

Board size: 16

Founder: Mr. Moishe Rosen

Ruling year: 1973

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

We facilitate Jewish life and community all over the world, sharing with everyone we meet the life-changing message that true peace can be found in Yeshua. We believe the teachings of both the Tanakh and the Brit Hadasha (New Covenant) speak for themselves. That's why we engage our Jewish people with the teachings of the Scriptures, and strive to live them out by loving God and our neighbors. In addition to advocating for Jesus within the Jewish community, we also help Christians gain a deeper understanding of the Jewish context of their own faith. We fight anti-Semitism across the globe by helping bring understanding between Jewish and Christian communities.

Every Jewish person has the right to make up their own mind about Jesus. Many Jewish people have never heard that following Jesus is a viable and thriving expression of Jewish life. We want other Jewish people to have the opportunity to experience the spiritual richness we've found in being Jewish and following Jesus.


Mission statement

Jews for Jesus exists to make the messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide.


Statement of faith

The Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are divinely inspired, verbally and completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. We recognize the value of traditional Jewish literature, but only where it is supported by or conformable to the Word of God. We regard it as in no way binding upon life or faith.

The Nature of God

We believe in one sovereign God, existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, unbounded in power and measureless in love; that God is the source of all creation and that through the immediate exercise of His power all things came into being.

The Father

We believe that God the Father is the author of eternal salvation, having loved the world and given His Son for its redemption.

The Son

We believe that Jesus the Messiah was eternally pre-existent and is co-equal with God the Father; that He took on Himself the nature of man through the virgin birth so that He possesses both divine and human natures. We believe in His sinless life and perfect obedience to the Law; in His atoning death, burial, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, high-priestly intercession and His personal return in power and glory.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son; that He was active in the creation of all things and continues to be so in providence; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and that He regenerates, sanctifies, baptizes, indwells, seals, illumines, guides and bestows His gifts upon all believers.

Mankind

We believe that God created man in His image; that because of the disobedience of our first parents at the Garden of Eden they lost their innocence and both they and their descendants, separated from God, suffer physical and spiritual death and that all human beings, with the exception of Jesus the Messiah, are sinners by nature and practice. We believe that Jesus the Messiah died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that all who believe in Him are justified, not by any works of righteousness they have done, but by His perfect righteousness and atoning blood and that there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.

Israel

We believe that Israel exists as a covenant people through whom God continues to accomplish His purposes and that the Church is an elect people in accordance with the New Covenant, comprising both Jews and Gentiles who acknowledge Jesus as Messiah and Redeemer. We believe that Jesus the Messiah will return personally in order to consummate the prophesied purposes concerning His kingdom.

The Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.

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Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating868 of 102234 of 42
Fund acquisition rating806 of 102431 of 42
Resource allocation rating485 of 102421 of 42
Asset utilization rating880 of 102235 of 42

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%9%15%12%11%11%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%9%10%12%11%11%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
97%98%70%95%96%96%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%10%13%11%11%11%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
3%2%30%5%4%4%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%82%78%77%76%77%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
92%95%81%105%98%104%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%78%63%81%74%80%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
8%5%19%-5%2%-4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
10%4%22%-6%2%-5%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%8%9%12%13%13%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.060.480.680.660.841.00
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.491.982.362.741.431.54
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.080.961.611.801.201.55
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.874.776.351.4112.7116.50
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.130.210.160.710.080.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.219.896.271.959.227.29
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
16%28%25%45%16%15%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%10%11%12%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%149%109%83%101%85%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$7,319,049$5,864,717$4,100,627$4,926,268$3,420,672
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,185,539$556,884$880,922$510,976$232,597
Short-term investments$15,783,379$11,156,825$9,307,475$13,507,796$12,007,902
Other current assets$50,735$109,945$156,775$238,621$0
Total current assets$24,338,702$17,688,371$14,445,799$19,183,661$15,661,171
Long-term investments$263,500$263,500$263,500$263,500$263,500
Fixed assets$21,321,203$21,915,392$23,215,438$6,363,954$6,542,937
Other long-term assets$2,202,871$1,961,588$1,671,508$1,711,315$1,689,646
Total long-term assets$23,787,574$24,140,480$25,150,446$8,338,769$8,496,083
Total assets$48,126,276$41,828,851$39,596,245$27,522,430$24,157,254
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$4,978,298$2,666,037$2,088,520$1,509,628$948,900
Other current liabilities$125,000$119,500$8,128,627$0$0
Total current liabilities$5,103,298$2,785,537$10,217,147$1,509,628$948,900
Debt$4,629,313$4,750,719$4,852,939$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$544,145
Other long-term liabilities$3,519,098$3,122,835$2,791,599$2,875,401$2,121,569
Total long-term liabilities$8,148,411$7,873,554$7,644,538$2,875,401$2,665,714
Total liabilities$13,251,709$10,659,091$17,861,685$4,385,029$3,614,614
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$34,110,721$30,602,473$21,416,534$22,773,045$20,243,119
With donor restrictions$763,846$567,287$38,026$364,356$299,521
Net assets$34,874,567$31,169,760$21,734,560$23,137,401$20,542,640
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$24,022,898$24,583,532$23,409,345$22,588,721$22,362,606
Program service revenue$277,845$357,867$410,993$504,054$439,035
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$303,711$10,373,979$947,394$491,766$420,936
Total other revenue$581,556$10,731,846$1,358,387$995,820$859,971
Total revenue$24,604,454$35,315,378$24,767,732$23,584,541$23,222,577
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$19,129,878$22,362,428$20,082,758$17,531,212$18,626,537
Management and general$1,948,630$2,497,147$3,074,654$2,898,544$3,050,489
Fundraising$2,252,630$3,641,535$2,889,010$2,579,129$2,549,611
Total expenses$23,331,138$28,501,110$26,046,422$23,008,885$24,226,637
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,273,316$6,814,268($1,278,690)$575,656($1,004,060)
Other changes in net assets$2,431,491$2,620,932($124,151)$2,019,104$835,059
Total change in net assets$3,704,807$9,435,200($1,402,841)$2,594,760($169,001)

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING TO BETTER UNDERSTAND OUR 2-STAR RATING. In 2015, in an effort to become more efficient in operations, we closed down our printing and warehouse departments, outsourced the functions, and sold the building. As is our policy, the proceeds from the sale of the building were treated as a capital asset, not a part of ordinary operations, and were invested. Earnings from the investment are used to fund major repairs and improvements to other ministry properties and are available to help purchase an alternative facility should we need to in the future. By holding the proceeds of the sale as an investment rather than spending it immediately, our rating by Ministry Watch's calculations was lowered to two stars. (In recent years, we've been cited by Ministry Watch as a Shining Star ministry.) It is our opinion that this formula distorts what really happened. We have streamlined our operations and found ways to become more efficient--not less efficient as the lowered rating might suggest. Please take this into account as you consider support for our ministry. If you have any questions at all, we encourage you to give us a call toll-free at (800) 366-5521. We'd be happy to talk with you.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/18/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In the 1960s, most of the resources available for Jewish outreach were outdated and only engaged a small segment of the community. Moishe Rosen sought to change that, and his efforts caught the attention of the media. "Jews for Jesus" began as a slogan coined by the media, but it soon turned into the rallying cry of a movement. By 1973, Rosen made it the name of our 501(c)3 organization.

The concept wasn't new-after all, Jewish people had been believing in Jesus since, well, Jesus! But this small cadre of Jewish men and women was so passionate about the life-altering hope they'd discovered in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, that they began employing new and creative ways to share the news on the streets and college campuses of San Francisco.

Our organization has since expanded globally and now operates in more than a dozen cities around the world. Jews for Jesus was founded to innovate new approaches to effectively engage Jewish people with the Jewish Messiah, and that same passion and dedication that ignited us then still drives us today; the methods may change, but the message does not.


Program accomplishments

We have 240 full-time staff who serve with us around the world and over 125 trained volunteers.


Needs

With your gift today, you will help us reach Jewish people with the news of the Messiah, Jesus.