Name: BethEl Nager
Occupation: Corporate Attorney at Weiss Brown
Background: BethEl Nager was born in Tula, Russia. She has spent almost her entire life in the Scottsdale area, making her a dedicated member of the local Jewish community. She is a highly accomplished corporate attorney at Weiss Brown, where her background in education and passion for helping others play a significant role in her professional life.
Education: BethEl pursued her undergraduate studies in elementary education at Arizona State University and later graduated from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Roots in Judaism: BethEl’s Jewish upbringing was deeply integrated into her life, starting from her naming ceremony, and continuing with her active involvement in the Jewish community. Her mom was a Hebrew school teacher and their shared enthusiasm for Jewish traditions played a significant role in shaping her identity. BethEl’s family celebrated holidays together and made Jewish learning a fun and thematic experience.
Paying it Forward: Growing up, BethEl was actively involved in her local Jewish community. She was a part of Temple Chai, including the children’s choir. BethEl was also engaged in NCSY (National Conference of Synagogue Youth) and BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization). She fondly recalls her participation in these organizations and the sense of belonging she found within them.
Since graduating from law school, BethEl continued her involvement through Moishe House and CJP (Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix). BethEl is currently serving in leadership roles in three of CJP’s divisions. She is the Ben-Gurion Society co-chair for young donors, a member of the Business and Professionals Network committee, and advises on NowGen (20s-40s) programming. Her adoption from Russia shaped her life and perspective. This gratitude transformed into a passion for giving back, whether it be financially or with her time, to the community that helped raise her. She’s invested in the Scottsdale Jewish community and ensuring that other people are part of it and feel welcome.
A Philosopher of “Happy Law:” BethEl describes her legal work as “happy law,” benefiting the Arizona business community and specializing in intellectual property law. She takes pride in helping entrepreneurs protect their ideas and realize their dreams. BethEl views her work as an embodiment of core Jewish values, such as tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). She is dedicated to making a positive impact through her legal practice and community involvement.
A Teacher Turned Advocate: BethEl Nager’s teaching background has a profound impact on her career as a corporate attorney at Weiss Brown. She often humorously notes that if you can explain complex concepts to a five-year-old, you can communicate effectively with anyone. This skill became invaluable in her legal practice, as she excels in breaking down intricate legal matters for her clients, ensuring they fully understand and are comfortable with the legal processes they are involved in. BethEl takes pride in removing any barriers that might prevent her clients from asking questions or seeking clarification.
In her professional life, BethEl feels fortunate to work at a firm where being a female attorney is not considered out of the ordinary. Weiss Brown boasts a substantial number of female attorneys, creating a supportive and inclusive environment for her and her colleagues. She highlights the excellent mentorship she receives, which is instrumental in her growth as an attorney.
Additionally, BethEl’s firm fully supports her active involvement in the Jewish community. This underscores the firm’s commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity and respect for employees’ varied interests and backgrounds.
BethEl Nager’s unique blend of teaching experience, legal expertise, and commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion makes her a valuable asset both in her professional career and within the community. Her ability to communicate complex concepts clearly and her dedication to her clients and community make her a role model for aspiring professionals.
Guiding Her Peers: When asked about advice for young adults looking to get involved, BethEl emphasizes the importance of exploring different events, meeting like-minded people, and becoming an active part of a community that resonates with their values and interests.
Balancing Life: Outside of her professional and community commitments, BethEl enjoys shopping, exploring various coffee shops in town, and spending quality time with her friends and family. A highlight of her week is her Saturday pickleball games at the VOSJCC with close friends she made through her involvement in the Jewish community.
Dream Shabbat Guest: If given the opportunity, BethEl would love to spend Shabbat with the late Anne Frank, whose life and experiences left a profound impact on her.
BethEl Nager is a dedicated and compassionate individual who embodies the values of community, education, and giving back, both in her professional career and her active involvement in the Jewish community of Scottsdale, Arizona.
We are tremendously grateful for a leader like BethEl in our community.
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