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Meet Our Staff

Rivka Tamir
Director of Operations

Originally from Montreal Canada, Rivka moved to Los Angeles18 years ago. Rivka is a seasoned team leader in the non-profit sector who excels in philanthropy and management. At YICC, she leverages her expertise in business development and visionary leadership to drive success. She is a mother to three wonderful teenagers and in her free time she is actively involved in the criminal justice reform arena, supporting mitigation specialists.

Rivka can be reached at 310-273-6954 or 

Melissa Gruenfeld
Director of Development & Communications

Originally from Long Island, NY, Melissa joins our team with a dual degree in Interior Design & Home Products Development from The Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Melissa has been an LA community member for the past 10 years and has diverse professional experience ranging from non-profit work, social media management, professional organizing, and Jewish education. When not working for YICC, Melissa enjoys teaching dance fitness to women and children of all ages and bringing smiles to the dance floor at Jewish community celebrations & events.

Melissa can be reached at 310-273-6954 or 

Claire Benyowitz
Rentals Manager

Claire joined the YICC administration with the opening of our new building in December, 2017. She coordinates all rentals of our beautiful facility and overseas special projects. 

Originally from England, Claire, together with her husband Marc, an LA native, joined YICC once they were married in 1992.  They have raised their three children at YICC and all were group counselors.  Prior to working at YICC, Claire was the Event Manager at Maimonides Academy and Shalhevet High School. Claire enjoys spending time with her friends and traveling to see her children in New York and family and friends around the world.

Claire can be reached at 310-721-0521 or 

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