Buck was a Friend of Israel

The Jewish Federation of Columbus was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Mayor Buck Rinehart. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this difficult time. Rinehart was a supporter of Israel.

In 1985 Rinehart participated on a Mayors’ Conference in Jerusalem. His trip was coordinated by the Jewish Federation. During the trip, Mayors Rinehart and the late Jerusalem mayor, Teddy Kolleck, walked arm in arm through the old city of Jerusalem. Rinehart visited Yad Vashem, met with then Prime Minister Shimon Peres and participated in a tour of the Golan Heights.

After the trip he spoke with to the Jewish community at the Federation. Jack Wallick was the Federation President and Alan Gill (now the CEO of the American Joint Distribution Committee) was the Executive Director. During that meeting, Rinehart stated his strong belief that Israel’s security required the Golan Heights to stay in Israel’s hands.