Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1939, Rabbi Davids received his B.A. magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1965 and was subsequently awarded his Doctor of Divinity from HUC.
Widely active on the Jewish scene, Rabbi Davids’s most significant commitments have been to ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, which he served as national president 2004-2008. It was through ARZA that Rabbi Davids founded the Reform Zionist Think Tank, an endeavor that led to the historic adoption of the CCAR’s Reform Zionist Platform (Miami 1997), which among other issues embraced for the first time Aliyah as a Reform Mitzvah. He is Honorary Chairman of the Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet. Rabbi Davids is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and in April 2008 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the World Zionist Organization.
In February 2015, Rabbi Davids was named an Honorary Fellow (Amit Kavod) of the WZO, in appreciation for his many years of distinguished leadership.
Rabbi Davids served as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Jerusalem campus of the Hebrew Union College for eight years and this month was elected to the Board of Overseers of the HUC/LA campus. Long active with youth, Rabbi Davids was elected an Honorary Member of NFTY. He also served as international president of Alpha Epsilon Pi, America’s only Jewish undergraduate fraternity. He received Alpha Epsilon Pi’s highest honor, the Order of the Lion, in 2014.
Together with his wife, Resa, Rabbi Davids made Aliyah in 2004. In August of this past year, they established their residence in Santa Monica. Resa and Rabbi Davids recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary; they have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.