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[flickr_set id="72157685152430663"] History Congregacion Leon de Juda was originally founded as Iglesia Bautista Central in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1982. Founder and Senior Pastor, Dr. Roberto Miranda decided to relocate to an area with a larger Hispanic population. Dr. Miranda and others visited several buildings in their search for a new location and decided on a building that had been a factory on Northampton Street. Based on a biblical title for Jesus and a prophetic dream Dr. Miranda received, the church was renamed Lion of Judah Congregation. Interestingly, the building also happened to feature the face of a lion, a detail not noticed until after the change in name. Since the time of its establishment on Northampton Street in 1996, the congregation has witnessed transformation in the community and has been active in working towards positive change. Description Congregacion Leon de Juda is located in a three-story building surrounded by residential and commercial buildings. It is near the Northampton Community Garden and the Boston Medical Center. The first floor of the building holds the sanctuary where worship services are held. This space seats 600 people. The second floor is open to the sanctuary on one side and has additional seating for services, and also features two flat-screen TVs overhead for viewing the services. This floor also holds church administrative offices and the ALPHA office. The third floor includes space for HERC programs, classrooms, a computer lab, and a multi-purpose room. Activities and Schedule Congregacion Leon de Juda offers worship services in Spanish on Sundays and in English on Saturdays. There is a mid-week worship service in Spanish and a weekly youth group meeting. Classes for children and adults are offered weekly. Saturday and Sunday sermons are broadcasted live via the internet. For more information about activities, please visit www.leondejuda.org Outreach Congregacion Leon de Juda serves youth and adults through the Higher Education Resource Center (HERC), which is sponsored by the congregation and located within the church building. HERC has three major programs available to youth in the church and in the community. In their partnership with Let’s Get Ready, an organization that assists students with college preparation, HERC offers a free SAT preparation program to approximately 150 students each year. HERC also sponsors Passport, a two-year college preparation program, which includes services such as college visits, life skills workshops, mentoring services, and community service opportunities at Orchard Gardens K-8 School. Passport also recruits students from local public high schools to participate in the program. Another HERC resource is the youth mentoring program, in which fifty middle and high school students meet with college-age mentors for two hours each week. HERC also offers English classes through the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program. Congregacion Leon de Juda works in collaboration with Alcanzando Logros Para Hispanos Ahora (ALPHA), also known as Reaching Goals for Latinos Today. ALPHA is a non-profit faith-based organization that was initiated by two members of the congregation in 2002. The organization provides English as a Second Language courses for approximately fifty students each term, translation services, and assistance with immigration issues. ALPHA offers assistance to members of the congregation and others in the community. Members of the church have also worked with Rosie’s Place, an organization that provides temporary housing and other services for women in need. Plans for Expansion Due to the rapid growth in membership, the congregation will be expanding its facility. A new temple will be connected to the existing building where the congregation’s parking area is currently located. Parking will still be available in the lower level of the new temple. The sanctuary in the new temple will hold up to 2,000 people for worship services. Additionally, the congregation has recently purchased a nearby building. This building is being renovated and will be used as a counseling center and as additional space for HERC. Affiliation with Other Organizations Congregacion Leon de Juda is affiliated with the Emmanuel Gospel Center (EGC). The church works with Confraternidad de Pastores Hispanos de Nueva Inglaterra (COPAHNI), also known as the Brotherhood of Hispanic Pastors of New England. Through work with COPAHNI, the church takes part in Instituto par la Excelencia Pastoral, also known as the Institute for Pastoral Excellence (IEP).