On Monday night, the undefeated New England Patriots observed a moment of silence before their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills to memorialize Ezra Schwartz, the Jewish 18-year-old from Sharon, Massachusetts, who was killed last week by a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank.

The honor at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, was just the latest Jewish act of charity by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who may be as well-known in Jewish circles for his generosity and devotion to Jewish and Israeli causes as for the exploits of his NFL team.

Over decades, the Kraft family has given away more than $100 million to a variety of causes, including health care, education, the Jewish community, Christian organizations and local needs. And as of 2013, the Kraft family philanthropic foundation had nearly $88 million in assets.

Here’s where some of Kraft’s Jewish gifts have gone in recent years:


There’s hardly a Jewish institution in the Boston area that hasn’t benefited from Kraft’s largesse, starting with the local federation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, which in…

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By Uriel Heilman