Karen Braunstein (Oceanside, NY), Laura Croen (Los Angeles, CA), Lisa Hest (Armonk, NY), Jodi Schechtman (Framingham, MA), and Linda Shepherd (Hightstown, NJ) were invested as cantors at the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music in New York City.
Gertrude Elion shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine.
Beverly N. Fray, took first place in the film category of the Anti-Defamation League’s 1988 Dore Schary Awards for “The Long Walk Home,” a drama about the impact of the 1955 Montgomery, AL bus boycott on a black and a white family. Rheyna Halpern, won first place for “Language Says It All,” a documentary which explores how deaf children communicate with their families.
Sophie Masloff, became the first woman mayor of Pittsburgh, sworn in following the death of the incumbent mayor.
Dadie Perlov, executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women, has been chosen by Ladies Home Journal as one of America’s 100 most important women.
Aline Roiphe was awarded the 1988 Harold Ribalow Prize for Lovingkindness, a novel.