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For some people, homeownership really is a dream come true Shikma Rubin
e often hear the real estate industry use the expression, “the dream of homeownership.” The phrase has become so common that now it’s more of a marketing cliché than statement of fact. For many people, homeownership is less of a “dream” and more of an accomplishment; a milestone etched along life’s journey much like new cars, marriage and children. Then there are people who never believed, for one reason or another, they would own a home in their lifetime. That’s the story of Sharon White, a recent mortgage client of mine, who today is a proud homeowner in Norfolk. Sharon had rented all her life. Now in her 50s, she was determined to buy a home and improve the living situation for herself, her husband and five children. To do so, we had to establish Sharon’s credit history, make sure the application met new industry guidelines and be certain she could handle the monthly payment. It took four months to qualify Sharon for the loan and two additional months for her to find the right home. All the while, I could tell how much it would mean for Sharon to own a house. Whenever I needed a document or further explanation on her finances, she took care of it right away. She also came to me for updates and stayed engaged during the entire six-month process. At the closing table, Sharon cried tears of joy. For her, it was more than “buying a house.” It was a moment she never thought possible. The “dream” of homeownership also eludes a large percentage of people in my generation, the millennials. In May, Pew Research Center released a study and the headline sums it up: “For First Time in
Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18-to 34-Year-Olds.” Did you catch the key phrase? “First Time in Shikma Rubin Modern Era” It is historically difficult for young adults to buy homes. Student debt, credit history, work history, a hefty down payment—these factors and others combine to keep millennials at their parents’ houses or stroking rent checks month after month. And now many young adults feel the same way Sharon did; that homeownership is for other people and an experience they will never have. That’s why, when I attend the closings for my clients and watch them receive the house keys, I understand how they feel. It’s not easy to buy a house today. Not by a long shot. It takes discipline, financial accountability and the willingness to believe that, yes, you can one day have a place to call your own. Today, Sharon’s dream is now a reality, and it’s encouraging news for other potential homebuyers in Hampton Roads. To own a home, here’s the blueprint: pay your bills on time, have cash in reserve and don’t spend more than you can afford. And most importantly, always believe you can one day buy a home. The dream might be closer than you think. —Shikma Rubin is a loan officer at Tidewater Home Funding in Chesapeake (NMLS #1114873). She’s an active member of the Jewish community and a member of Temple Israel. She can be reached at srubin@ tidewaterhomefunding.com.
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he newly implemented Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center garden at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus grew more than fresh fruits and veggies this summer. Near the end of this season’s harvest, Strelitz grew a stronger bond with their nextdoor neighbors at Jewish Family Service. A surplus of crops from the garden yielded the opportunity to practice a fundamental Jewish principal: Tikkun Olam. This Jewish concept is defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. Michelle Fenley, a counselor at Camp JCC and Jewish Family Service knew the garden’s abundant produce could be put to use at JFS. Jewish Family Service has a food pantry where people can donate food to those in need in the Tidewater com mu n it y. R a r e l y, however, if ever, d o e s JFS receive fresh produce donations. Fenley had watched Diana Smith, the Strelitz garden co-ordinator, work all summer in the garden. Fenely knew Smith would be setting up a “Sale Day” by the Cardo Café on the Sandler Family
Campus and decided to take action. Smith’s Sale Day consisted of fresh produce from the garden sold in the JCC lobby by donation. Passersby were free to take what they want and leave what they want. This venture was very successful for Fenely and Smith. Fenley brought some of the food from the Strelitz Sale Day over to the JFS food pantry, which ended up providing fresh food to those in need. Smith’s sale by donation raised $150 for the Strelitz garden project enabling the garden to become more self-funded. The garden allowed Strelitz to create an extended classroom for the children during the school year, while extending a helping hand to those needing healthy food options during the summer. Strelitz intends to continue to donate the surplus of produce from their garden to JFS. Strelitz also plans to expand their garden curriculum, improve the horticultural protocols, as well as become more self-sustaining and selffunded year after year. To help Strelitz further their garden project, go to https://www. hebrewacademy.net/ donate and select the “SECEC Garden Project” tab under donation information.
HOME Berry Spinach Quinoa Salad Shannon Sarna
(The Nosher via JTA)—Quinoa and I have not always been friends. I much prefer rice and pasta over the hyped-up grain, even though I know people love it. And what’s not to love: It’s gluten-free, packed with fiber and protein, and it’s even Passover-friendly. So since it’s that time of year when everyone is eating lighter, and colorful vegetables and fruits still abound, I decided to give it another chance and added some hearty red quinoa to a salad recently. Lo and behold, I became a quinoa convert, adding it to salad after salad. I served a spinach and quinoa salad with fresh local strawberries earlier this summer for a Shabbat dinner with friends, and it was devoured. Then again, when I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I made this salad with figs instead of berries, and it was equally delicious. Try it with plums, peaches or any seasonal fruit that you love. You can even serve it with some grilled salmon, tofu or cannellini beans for a hearty and healthy entrée salad. Ingredients 1 bag pre-washed fresh spinach ¾ cup cooked red quinoa ½ seedless English cucumber 1 pint strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or a mix 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional) 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
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For the dressing juice and zest of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey ½ cup extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste Directions Place spinach in a large bowl or on a platter. Top with quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, berries (or other fruit), sunflower seeds and feta cheese, if desired. Whisk together lemon juice and zest, Dijon mustard and honey. Slowly whisk olive oil until dressing comes together. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately. —Shannon Sarna is the editor of The Nosher. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www.TheNosher.com.
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Home is where the healthy heart is Tom Purcell
One great way to find time to do your exercise is to do it at home. I’m not suggesting you purchase fitness equipment. In fact, you can use your own body weight. In a landmark study conducted at the University of Virginia, exercise physiologist Glenn Gaesser, PhD, asked men and women to complete 15 10-minute exercise routines a week. After just 21 days, the volunteers’ aerobic fitness was equal to that of people 10 to 15 years younger. Their strength, muscular endurance and flexibility were equal to those of people up to 20 years
uring my more than 20 years in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, the number one excuse I hear for why people don’t exercise is: Time. ‘I don’t have it.’ Your biggest asset is your health. The only way to stay healthy is to maintain a regular exercise routine. First of all, exercise can take place anytime and anyplace. While I would love for you to join our wonderful facility at the Simon Family JCC, which is here to help with health and wellness needs, the main goal is to be mindful of implementing exercise during your week.
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their junior. “It would be useful for people to get out of the all-or-nothing mind-set that unless they exercise for 30 minutes, they’re wasting their time,” says Gaesser. Mixing up exercise into small segments on your overscheduled days can keep you consistent, which is more important than skipping it altogether. The more you sit and don’t move, your body will grow weary and weak over time. Here are a few suggestions for exercising at home:
Healthy house • Take a five-minute power walk up the street in one direction and back in the other. • While watching TV, try abdominal crunches, push-ups, squats, lunges and other body weight exercises during commercials. • Do standing push-ups while you wait for a pot to boil. Stand about an arm’s length from the kitchen counter and push your arms against the counter. Push in and out to get toned arms and shoulders. Just don’t do this on a stove. • G o outside and play with your kids and their friends. • Just before bedtime, try some Yoga, Pilates or stretching exercises to relax and mediate. • Walk, jog or run with friends to motivate you and build relationships. • While waiting for appointments,
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Half the battle of finding time to exercise is being mindful of your health on a daily basis. You don’t need to change your lifestyle, just implement movement within it. Don’t worry about what type of shape you are in now. Take it slow over time and let your body be your guide. If you put the time in to improve your health, your body will gradually get stronger and healthier.
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(The Nosher via JTA)—I make chicken so often that my kids once told me we were all going to grow feathers and start clucking. But they never complained that it was the same old chicken because it never was. There are few foods as versatile as this worthy bird, so it was always easy for me to prepare it in a multitude of ways. Over the years I learned that chicken dinner never has to be boring. Chicken meat is so mild—certainly not as distinctive as, say, lamb or duck—that you can pair it with all sorts of seasonings, condiments, fruits and vegetables, and it will be flavorful and delicious. Spice it up with curry powder or ras el hanout or lemon juice and dried oregano. Fresh herbs, tomato sauce, Ponzu, jarred duck sauce, teriyaki, black truffle oil—they’re all fine. Baste chicken with wine, orange juice or stock—couldn’t be better. One of the ways I try to make the “chicken-again?” dinner interesting is to cook the meat with fruit. I’ve used all kinds—from apples to grapes to prunes—and found that pineapple and other acidic fruits are particularly well suited because they add a refreshing tang. In addition, the fruit caramelizes gorgeously in the pot, creating a dish that’s mild plus piquant and sugary. You can stop there, but I add just a hint of heat for the back of the tongue (I used Sriracha, but you can also sprinkle the chicken with cayenne power), which makes the entire dish come together in beautiful and delicious harmony. Ingredients 3 cups cut up fresh pineapple 1 cut up broiler-fryer chicken (or 4–6 whole legs or 2 large whole breasts) 2 tablespoons olive oil salt to taste 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger 1 clove garlic, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon Sriracha pinch of ground cinnamon ½ cup pineapple juice Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the pineapple in a roasting pan. Place the chicken pieces in the pan, partly on top of the fruit. Mix the olive oil, ginger, garlic, Sriracha and cinnamon in a small bowl and brush the chicken with the mixture. Season to taste with salt. Roast for 10 minutes. Lower the oven heat to 350. Pour the pineapple juice over the chicken and fruit. Roast for about 25–30 minutes or until cooked through (a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat will register 160 degrees), basting once or twice with the pan juices. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving. —Ronnie Fein has written for the food sections of daily newspapers including Newsday, The Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time.) The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www.TheNosher.com.