August 2018 Family of the Month
The Perez-Litman Family of San Leandro
Vanessa and Alberto Perez-Litman live in San Leandro with their daughters Saasil (age 6) and Itzel (age 4). A Spanish-speaking family, they are raising their daughters with a blend of Jewish and Mayan/Mexican cultural values — making the East Bay a perfect fit for them.
“There are so many wonderful places to explore Jewish life with young children in the East Bay,” said Vanessa, adding that the girls “love receiving PJ Library books in the mail, and have especially enjoyed a book about a shy girl called Saluda Lily, and one about spending Chanukah with a favorite aunt.”
In addition to reading PJ Library books and attending Tot Shabbats at several different synagogues, the Perez-Litmans also received a Sprout Grant to participate in “Growing Together with Rabbi Bridget,” a Jewish education program for families. They enjoyed it so much, they plan to continue with the program for a second year.
“We loved the learning environment created by Rabbi Bridget,” says Vanessa, “and [we] have learned a lot of great things we can implement at home to enrich our Jewish and spiritual life.” Hear more about their experience with Growing Together in this video: