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Boston friends and neighbors and local Jewish groups have joined the search, many of them turning to social media to plead for any information or leads.
The Boston Globe, which had been silent about the case, also published its first piece about the missing teen online Wednesday.
Please RT. Imagine if it were your son. Look at Caleb Jacoby's picture and keep an eye out in Massachusetts. http://t.co/sGFAvGfHCEampmdash; Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) January 8, 2014
Community Alert: Caleb Jacoby is missing since Monday. Please contact (617) 730-2222 with any info. http://t.co/wbQ47G3Vf9ampmdash; JCCWatch.org (@JCCWatch) January 8, 2014
Caleb is the son of Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, and my brother's best friend. He's been missing since yesterday. pic.twitter.com/FVhRdUMrQuampmdash; Alex Edelman (@Alex_Edelman) January 7, 2014
My friend Jeff Jacoby's son Caleb is missing in Brookline MA. Please retweet. pic.twitter.com/aQUnFrOipaampmdash; John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 7, 2014
Caleb Jacoby, an 11th grade student at Maimonides School, has been missing from home since yesterday. The school… http://t.co/KRMnHJSnJ7ampmdash; Maimonides School (@KolRambam) January 7, 2014
For many years, near his oldest son’s birthday, Jacoby,wrote a special column called “Letters to Caleb.”
In the latest one, written in time for Passover in 2009, just before Caleb’s bar-mitzvah, Jacoby pondered what kind of man his son would become.
”Which is the real you, Caleb? Are you the budding philosopher who has taken to insisting lately that “nothing really matters,” since no matter what any of us does or doesn’t do, the universe won’t notice? Or the perennial naysayer who surprised me by saying yes when I proposed that you sign up for sailing lessons at Community Boating – and then surprised me even more by thoroughly enjoying the experience? Are you the sarcastic kid who mocks Mama when she loses her patience with you? Or the affectionate big brother who lavishes attention on Micah? Is the authentic Caleb the sometimes sullen pre-teen with the seemingly bottomless reserve of grievance and indignation? Or the industrious helper who for the last few days has rolled up his sleeves and good-naturedly pitched in to get the house ready for Passover?”
“He is more on the quiet side,” he added. “He could be seen many days staying after school and doing schoolwork.”
Efrat Libschitz, Caleb’s Hebrew teacher, painted a similar picture. The teenager “took his studies very seriously,” he told Masslive.com. “He took life seriously. He wasn’t easygoing.”
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Brookline Police Department at 617-730-2222.
Additional reporting by Michael Kaplan.