WLCJ Statement on the loss of United States Senator Dianne Feinstein

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism mourns the loss of United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, long-serving from California, and a model for Jewish women who wanted to advocate for change.

Feinstein, 90, who died September 29, 2023, served in the Senate for more than three decades as its longest-serving woman. Feinstein was the leader on the Senate Intelligence Committee from 2009 to 2017.

A graduate of Stanford University, she first rose to prominence as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978, on the scene of the murder of fellow supervisor Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. She soon stepped in to replace Moscone, serving two terms as mayor.

She won a special election in 1992 to the U.S. Senate, when Feinstein and three other newly elected women senators tripled the number of women in the Senate from two to six. She was especially known in Congress for helping to pass the Violence Against Women Act.

In 2015, she was named as one of The Forward 50, with the Jewish newspaper recognizing her countless legislative achievements.

Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein will be remembered for breaking glass ceilings and championing women’s rights.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet