New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft sent a personal letter to the family of slain Israel Defense Force soldier Max Steinberg. Steinberg grew up in California and moved to Israel to serve in the army after participating in a Birthright Israel trip. The letter was first posted by Jared Sichel of the Jewish Journal:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Steinberg,
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you after having learned about your dear son and distinguished member of the Israel Defense Forces, Max. Although I didn’t have the privilege of knowing your son Max personally, I have taken the liberty of reaching out to you since I noticed him wearing a New England Patriots cap in one of the broadcasted photos. He represents the consummate patriot and I am forever grateful for the sacrifices he made to keep our beloved Israel safe. His dedication and loyalty to Israel have not gone unnoticed and I am sure he has left behind a legacy of which you and your family can be proud.
On behalf of the entire New England Patriots team, please accept our most sincere condolences as we are all profoundly saddened by his untimely passing.
Robert K. Kraft.
The letter was accompanied by a handwritten note that said “We are all Patriots,” and “With love of our tradition and the people of Eretz Israel (the Land of Israel.)