Robert Kraft delivers his acceptance speech at the Genesis Prize Ceremony (Photo Credit: LENS Productions)

On June 20, 2019, Robert Kraft received the sixth Genesis Prize at a ceremony at the Jerusalem Theatre in Jerusalem, Israel. The ceremony was the culmination of four days of events focusing on the 2019 Genesis Prize philanthropic theme of combating anti-Semitism, BDS, and other efforts to delegitimize Israel.

The event, which was hosted by actor and comedian Martin Short, featured appearances by New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman – the first Jewish Super Bowl Most Valuable Player – and legendary Ukrainian heavyweight boxing champion brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. They introduced a video chronicling Jewish achievement in sports throughout history.

Accepting the prize from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Kraft said:

“After my family, there is nothing I’m more passionate about than the State of Israel and my Jewish identity… Being Jewish was a core part of my identity from a young age and I was always very proud of it.”