Jeff Jacoby Breaks Silence on Teenage Son Caleb Jacoby's Disappearance

Jeff Jacoby, the Jewish Boston Globe columnist whose 16-year-old son Caleb went missing for four days in early January, has finally broken his silence.

In his latest column, Jeff Jacoby described his panic and anxiety upon discovering that his child was missing.

The columnist said what saved him, and his wife Laura, was the unexpected and heartfelt concern from friends, the Jewish community of Brookline and even complete strangers, who flooded social media with alerts about the missing 11th grader.

Maimonides, the Modern Orthodox school in Brookline where Caleb is a student, spearheaded a coordinated search effort involving almost 200 volunteers. Caleb was found on Thursday, January 9, in Times Square in New York City.

The reasons for his disappearance are still unknown, though Brookline police confirmed that the teenager ran away from home, and have ended their investigation.

Jacoby concluded by thanking all those who helped in the search, acknowledging that concern for his son had transcended political allegiances.

“During the worst ordeal of our lives, my family experienced the best that human beings are capable of,” he wrote. “That was a blessing I’ll never forget, or ever cease being grateful for.”

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Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen is the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.

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