NEW YORK (Aug. 12)
About 400 delegates, or more than 10 percent of the 3381 delegates to the Democratic National Convention which opened here last night are Jewish, according to figures gathered by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This compares with 93 delegates, or about five percent of the 1994 delegates at the GOP convention last month in Detroit, who were Jewish.
Officials of AIPAC, who held a reception here last night honoring the Democratic members of the 96th Congress attending the convention, said that their survey of the convention delegates showed that Jews are among the members of 32 state delegations, while Jews were among the members of only 26 state delegations at the GOP convention.
The largest number of Jewish delegates, a survey by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency showed, are in the New York delegation, with 97 Jews out of 282 delegates. Another large contingent of Jewish delegates — 45 — is part of the 306-member delegation from California.