Jewish tradition teaches us that participation in public affairs helps give stability to society. The Indianapolis JCRC was established in 1942 as the public affairs and intergroup relations arm of the organized Jewish community. It is one of 117 Jewish Community Relations Councils in the country that, together with 11 national organizations, constitute the Jewish Council for Public Affairs ( JCPA ). The JCRC works to foster a secure environment for Jewish living by advocating democratic values. The JCRC acts in coalition with other groups advocating civil rights and social and economic justice. The JCRC Board of Directors is composed of a cross-section of Indianapolis Jewry, representing area organizations and synagogues. Board members represent a broad variety of opinions and work together to advocate consensus positions on issues of concern. The JCRC provides a regular forum for Jewish communal leadership to assess current situations, research issues of interest, and develop strategies for the resolution of community problems. Additionally, the JCRC provides a "central address" for public interaction between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities of Indianapolis.