Jay Nadel was living in Hackensack. So was Beth Edelman. Both were commuting to New York City, to their jobs – he in investing, she in fashion.
One day, on the bus to New York, they happened to sit next to each other. And began chatting.
The rest – 25 years and three children later (Hillary, Leslie, and Ross) – is history.
A Douglass College graduate who grew up in Fort Lee, Beth Nadel is a member of the board of Jewish Family Services, founding co-chair of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation’s Breakfast Club, and a committee member of Steps for Survival, an annual event that raises funds for the Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at EMHC.
Why has her husband been so successful – as an investor, then as a hospital executive?
“He’s focused,” she says. “He knows how to assess a situation, and he asks a lot of questions, to get to the nitty-gritty.
“And he believes everything is possible, that everyone can reach their goals.”
Well, does he have any flaws?
She thinks. “He can’t cook. When he has to provide for himself, he orders out. But I love to cook, so it doesn’t bother me.”
Is there anything she knows about him that might surprise people?
“He can be very sweet and tender and loving with me – and the rest of the family. People he works with don’t see his soft, compassionate side.”