In 1984, he was awarded the Israel Prize for Exemplary Lifetime Service to the Society and State. When Reuben was nine, the family moved to Basel, Switzerland. He served as a counselor in the Zionist youth movement "Blue and White."
He founded Dagon Batei-Mamgurot Le-Israel Limited. for this purpose.
Hecht was a principal aide to Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the Camp David peace talks and attended other meetings with Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Anwar Sadat and Margaret Thatcher.
Hecht established the Hecht Museum at Haifa University to house his collections of archeological artifacts and 19th-century paintings. Hecht Foundation
Reuben Hecht Park.
Hecht became interested in Zionism after reading materials published by the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens encouraging Jewish assimilation.