Shorts: Bay Area

Bomb threat prank puts JCCSF patrons out in cold

A bomb threat called into the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco pool on Monday, March 22, put center patrons out on the street for several hours.

JCCSF Executive Director Nate Levine described the threat as a “crank call,” but took it seriously enough to evacuate the building at around 6:30 p.m.

Police arrived on the scene with explosives-sniffing dogs, and, after a thorough search, gave the center a clean bill of health within two hours.

About 100 people, some clad only in workout clothes, waited outside or took refuge in nearby businesses.

Levine confirmed that this was the first threatening call received at the SFJCC’s new home on California Street, though similar calls have come in over the years at its previous location.

Aquarian Minyan marks 30 years

The Aquarian Minyan, the West Coast’s oldest Jewish Renewal congregation, will celebrate its 30th anniversary at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley.

Chaired by Barry Alter Barkan, one of the founding members of the minyan, the event will feature the traditional third Shabbat meal, Havdallah, teachings and music.

For information, check or e-mail [email protected].

Looking for seder options?

The Noe Valley restaurant Firefly and Spago in Palo Alto are among local restaurants featuring special Passover-friendly entrees on their menus during the eight-day festival of freedom.

These restaurants are among the Passover options that can be found at, or by calling (415) 777-4545, Jewish Community Information and Referral.

The first night of Passover is Monday, April 5.

For anyone in need of a seder, JCI&R has all kinds of options to choose from, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, interfaith, secular, singles, seniors, couples, emigres, gays and lesbians, vegetarians and vegans and non-drinkers.

There is also a directory of where to buy kosher for Passover products.