Dianne Feinstein

Feinstein in 2009, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Dianne Emiel Goldman

Date of Birth: June 22, 1933

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Death: September 29, 2023

Place of Death: Washington, D.C., U.S.

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Russian, German, and/or Ashkenazi Jewish

Dianne Feinstein was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she served as Mayor of San Francisco, from November 27, 1978 to January 8, 1988, and a U.S. Senator from California, from November 4, 1992 to September 29, 2023, her death; as well as, as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, from January 9, 1978 to December 4, 1978, Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, from January 3, 2007 to January 3, 2009, and Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, from January 3, 2009 to January 3, 2015, among other duties. As mayor she led the renovation of San Francisco’s cable car system. She was the first woman to preside over a U.S. presidential inauguration, in 2009, and the longest-serving senator from California; in 2012, she received the most votes by any Senate candidate in U.S. history, 7.86 million. She authored the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

Dianne was the daughter of Betty (Rosenburg/Rosenberg), a model, and Leon Goldman, a surgeon. Her father was born in California, to a Polish Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Her mother was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and was of the Russian Orthodox (Christian) religion. It is not clear exactly what Dianne’s mother’s ancestry was. She may have had Russian, German, and/or Jewish ancestry.

Dianne identified as Jewish by religion.

Dianne was married to investment banker Richard C. Blum, until his death. She had a daughter, judge Katherine Feinstein Mariano, with her first husband, attorney Jack Berman. Her surname is from her second husband, neurosurgeon Bertram Feinstein, to whom she was married until his death.

Dianne’s paternal grandfather was named Samuel Gelleorivich/Goldman. Samuel was born in Poland.

Dianne’s paternal grandmother was Lillie/Lilly Kalfin/Kalvin (the daughter of Hershel/Hirsh David Kalfin and Chaya/Eva Sura Feitelberg). Lillie was born in Russia, to parents from Germany or Lithuania.

Dianne’s maternal grandfather was named David Michael Rosenberg/Rosenburg. David was born in Rica, likely Riga, Latvia.

Dianne’s maternal grandmother was named Helen/Elenia/Helene Michailovich (?) Achimia Mussiev/Moiseyev/Myiecaw/Maisaof.

Sources: Genealogies of Dianne Feinstein – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Dianne’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Dianne’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

9 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Is Rica actually Riga?

  2. Oaken05 says:

    I’m confused. Is there a question about her maternal grandparents – who were from St. Petersburg, Russia – having been ethnic Ashkenazi Jews? I’m aware they practiced Russian Orthodox Christianity, there, but I’ve never heard anything saying that they were ethnic Jews.

  3. follers says:

    She looks like Zac Efron.

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