Patriots Owner Kraft Offers Thanks for Super Bowl Victory at South Florida Shabbat Service
A week after his football team won Super Bowl LIII, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft attended a Shabbat service in South Florida on Saturday.
Kraft’s Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the NFL championship game in Atlanta on Feb. 3 — their sixth Super Bowl title in 18 years.
On Saturday, the 77-year-old Kraft — who is a major donor to numerous Jewish and Israeli causes — prayed at the Palm Beach Synagogue.
“After I congratulated Bob and wished him, ‘Mazal tov,’ on his Super Bowl victory, he spoke to the congregation,” Rabbi Moshe Scheiner told The Algemeiner. “He opened his remarks by saying, ‘I am here to thank the Lord.’”
Scheiner recalled, “He quoted his bar mitzvah parsha — not by strength and not by might, but with my spirit. The strength of the Jewish people is our synagogues where we come together and pray. He then spoke about how he feels at home when he comes to shul and how after Pittsburgh he went to the Tree of life Synagogue.”
Following the Patriots victory, wide receiver Julian Edelman became the first Jew to win the Super Bowl MVP trophy.