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May 13, 2015 3:00 pm

Jewish Woman Among Those Missing After Deadly Amtrak Derailment

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A Jewish woman is still missing after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Photo: Twitter.

JNS.org – A Jewish woman is among those still missing as of Wednesday after the deadly Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, a crash that killed at least six people and injured more than 200.

The missing Jewish woman is Rachel Jacobs, a 39-year-old mother and wife, the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia reported. Jacobs, a 1997 graduate of Swarthmore College, was commuting back to her home in Manhattan from her job as CEO of ApprenNet, an online education start-up in West Philadelphia.

“Thank you for your thoughts & prayers for our CEO, Rachel Jacobs. We are still looking for Rachel & hope she will be with her family soon,” ApprenNet said on its Twitter account.

Jacobs was very active in the Jewish community near Detroit, where she grew up. In a 2011 interview, she spoke about her deep connection to the Jewish community.

“When we think about what it means to be Jewish, it’s very much focused on building community,” she said in describing Detroit Nation, a non-profit she co-founded.

Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are still looking into the cause of Tuesday night’s crash. The train’s “black box” device was taken to an Amtrak center in Delaware to learn more about the final moments.

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