Columnist Jeff Jacoby's Poignant Plea for Missing Son Caleb Jacoby

Boston Volunteers Hunt for Missing Jewish Day Schooler

Maimonides School

By Anne Cohen

Published January 08, 2014.
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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.


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.


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