Our Administration

Jay Riven


Co-Head of School for Business and Advancement, Lead Teacher

A product of Nashville's independent schools, Jay returned to Nashville in 2020 following 20 years of administrative stints at schools in Georgia and Texas.  He has served as a teacher, athletic coach, social-emotional counselor, admissions and development associate, division head, and head of school.  He co-authored The Heads Handbook, published by the National Association of Independent Schools in 2010.

Jay received his BS at Northwestern, his Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas, and a Masters in Educational Educational Administration at Georgia State University. 

Married to Jennifer and a father of two children, he enjoys spending time with his family, sailing, camping, running, reading, eating M&M's, and playing with puppets. 

Alene Arnold


Co-Head of School for Teaching and Learning, Lead Teacher

​Alene earned a BA in philosophy from Hope College, a Master of a Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Master of Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt.


She has taught all middle school subjects in public and private school settings and worked in local, state and federal education policy and education data.


Outside of work, Alene has held many volunteer and leadership positions in local education causes and spends her time with her husband, Cris, and four children. Her hobbies include cooking, reading and taking care of her four dogs.

Saul Strosberg

Saul grew up in Schenectady, New York. He received a BS in Business from Yeshiva University and his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. 


He is a 'retired' club date musician who traveled the country many times over playing with his wedding band and still enjoys making music. 


While leading a vibrant congregation, Saul is deeply involved in the broader Nashville community.  He enjoys spending his summers at Camp Yavneh, a pluralistic camp in New Hampshire, where he met his wife, Daniella Pressner. Together, they have four kids, Cole, Amalia, Ravital, and Yedid.


JMS serves the Nashville area with a nurturing educational environment that embraces the Jewish people's love of learning and commitment to repairing the world in which we live. Our families have a wide range of beliefs, affiliations, and observances, but share common core values that define our community. 

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809 Percy Warner Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37205