Baruch dayan emet.
I was in shock and disbelief after receiving an email from my good friend Paul Schnee earlier this week that Avi Davis had suffered a fatal heart attack while biking. Few people I met in Los Angeles were more dedicated to the pursuit of truth and honest inquiry, and his passing leaves a hole in the Jewish word that will not easily be filled. An Orthodox Jew, Avi on several occasions expressed his appreciation for Mormons’ support of Jews and Israel, and was a prominent advocate of interfaith outreach and understanding. The last time that I worked directly with Avi was when he invited me to moderate a panel discussion at one of many conferences sponsored by the American Freedom Alliance, an organization that he founded.
My sincere condolences to his family and many friends. May his name and memory be blessed.