Robert Kraft’s New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl
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Robert Kraft’s New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl

Team aiming for 6th victory under Jewish owner who built football stadium in Jerusalem; will face the Los Angeles Rams

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (right) with NFL Hall of Fame member Joe Montana at the Kraft Family Sports Campus inaugurated in Jerusalem in 2017 (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (right) with NFL Hall of Fame member Joe Montana at the Kraft Family Sports Campus inaugurated in Jerusalem in 2017 (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)

Jewish National Football League team owner Robert Kraft will see his New England Patriots in their ninth Super Bowl appearance since 2000.

The Patriots, led by quarterback Tom Brady, on Sunday defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31, in overtime in the AFC Championship Game in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

It is the team’s 11th Super Bowl appearance overall. It has won the big game five times, each time under Kraft’s stewardship.

The Patriots will face the Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday 26-23 in overtime.

New England Patriots owner and philanthropist Robert Kraft (center, blue blazer) and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (second to the right of Kraft) with NFL Hall of Fame members at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in June, 2017 for Israel’s first full-size American football field in Jerusalem (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)

Kraft bought the team 25 years ago in 1994.

The Kraft family over recent decades has donated more than $100 million to an array of causes, including health care, education, the Jewish community, Christian organizations and local needs.

Kraft, 77, is a prominent supporter of American football in Israel, including the Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem and the Kraft Family Israel Football League.

In 2017 Kraft brought a delegation of football’s all-time greats to Israel for the dedication of the country’s first regulation American football field.  Israel’s football league has eight teams, with the current season culminating in the IsraBowl championship game scheduled for February 28 at the field Kraft donated.

Earlier this month, Kraft was named the winner of the prestigious $1 million Genesis Prize.

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