Zhl Group, Voluntarily Rebuilt the Chabad Neshama Center after the Hurricane Sandy Tragedy

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Zhl Group, a Brooklyn-based general construction company, voluntarily rebuilt The Chabad Neshama Center; understanding the importance for the community to have a safe place for children to explore and celebrate their culture and education

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Zhl Group, a Brooklyn based general construction company offered to rebuild The Chabad Neshama center for free.

Hurricane Sandy left many victims in its wake and one of those unfortunate buildings was The Chabad Neshama Center. The Center, located in Brighton Beach, was home to many programs including a synagogue and a Hebrew school geared towards preschool-aged children. However, with all the tragedy that Hurricane Sandy brought to the East Coast, it also brought a lot of hope . ZHL Group, a Brooklyn based general construction company offered to rebuild The Chabad Neshama center pro bono. It was the work of the ZHL Group and local dedication that led to Yevgeniy Lvovskiy, the proud CEO of the ZHL Group, receiving a Community Builder Award.

The Chabad Neshama Center has had a solid reputation in the Russian Jewish community serving Brooklyn for years. The Chabad Neshama Center offers educational services to a broad age spectrum from preschool all the way up to adult-learning. The Chabad Neshama Center keeps the Jewish culture celebrated with a Matza bakery, Kaddish services, and Kabbalah seminars. Social services are available for those in need which include counseling and prison visitations. They also provide entertainment. The Chabad Neshama Center has camps, holiday celebrations, bat/bar mitzvahs, and a variety of other events available for all members of the family.

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York on October 29th, 2012, its devastation was unbearable. It was the largest Atlantic hurricane of all time and the deadliest of the season. The damage it caused the United States was estimated to be $65 billion dollars. The Chabad Neshama Center was nearly destroyed in the impact. Rabbi Shimmy Silver describes how quickly the hurricane demolished the center, “The door just popped into the center as if it was made of paper. In rushed the water and sand. In ten minutes, everything we worked so hard to build was destroyed.”

The ZHL Group is no stranger to helping the Brooklyn community. CEO Yevgeniy Lvovskiy recently received another award for excellence in building and design from the Queens & Bronx building association for work of the ZHL Group on the design for a maritime training facility for the highly revered FDNY. The maritime facility is expected to receive widespread use to train firefighters how to fight disasters on ships which can be very different and more unpredictable than land fires.

The motto of the ZHL Group, “building today for a better tomorrow,” perfectly encapsulates the initiative taken in The Chabad Neshama Center renovation. So many buildings and programs were destroyed, delayed, or altered as Sandy ran its course that many families were affected. The ZHL Group designed, provided materials, and rebuilt The Chabad Neshama Center in the hopes that Brooklyn families would know that their future was bright and their community would not be defeated. The The Chabad Neshama Center is currently open and running its community programs thanks to the charitable work of the ZHL Group. Yevgeniy Lvovskiy was honored to receive the Community Builder Award, but he was even more honored that he could help out the Russian Jewish community.

About ZHL Group, Inc.

ZHL Group Inc., founded in 2001, in New York is a leading General Construction and Construction Management firm. Fully licensed, insured, and bonded. ZHL Group is a competitive, high quality company that guarantees delivery of projects on-time and within budget. The services offered by the firm cover a wide range of pre-construction, construction management, and general construction services. http://www.zhlgroup.com

Some of ZHL Group featured and current projects include the FDNY Special Operations Command Center, Hudson Greene Market, Joseph McGuire Park, 710 6th Avenue, 2471/2475 Ocean Avenue, and the FDNY Subway Simulator enclosure.

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