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Two Philadelphians Honored for Helping to Save Lives in Israel

The Philadelphia Friends of American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) have honored Norman P. Zarwin and E. Harris Baum with the 2009 Lifeline Award, in recognition of their longtime commitment to the Jewish Community and the people of Israel. The honorees, founding shareholders of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C., received their awards and a special tribute book during ceremonies at the AFMDA Gala celebration Sunday evening.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the rebuilding of the MDA Jerusalem Emergency Medical Station, which was built over 50 years ago. It is the region headquarters and serves three hospitals and the largest and most diverse population in Israel. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, of New York City, has presented the lead gift for this station which will be named in memory of his father, William H. Bloomberg.

American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) supports the life saving efforts of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s only government-mandated ambulance and emergency medical responders, providing medical, disaster, ambulance and blood services. MDA is on alert, ready at a moment’s notice to answer every call and save lives in Israel. Whatever the situation, MDA’s famed first responders race to every incident, small or large, to provide cutting edge emergency medical services with unparalleled skill and compassion. In addition, MDA travels to countries all over the world, when needed, offering their knowledge and expertise to help save lives.

Norman P. Zarwin, Esquire has been actively involved in a variety of charitable and civic organizations serving as an officer and/or board member including Golden Slipper Club & Charities, Jewish National Fund Council of Philadelphia, Society for the Jewish Aged; B’nai B’rith and Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Currently, he serves as chairman of the Scholarship Foundation of the Union League. His practice areas at the Philadelphia-based law firm include petroleum marketing - a unique niche, representing gasoline distributors and retailers from South Carolina to New York. Zarwin is involved in business and real estate transactional matters, advises and helps in forming professional associations and chairs the firm's non-profit practice group.

E. Harris Baum, Esquire is a past president of KI and currently serves on the board of the synagogue. He is chair of the Board of Governors of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia and is a member of the Fairmount Park Commission. He is Hon. Consul General for the Republic of Korea by appointment of the U. S. State Department and the government of Seoul, Korea working to encourage and furthering cooperation between Korean and Pennsylvania business in order to mutually expand their markets. In addition Baum is a Trustee of the Rudin Foundation which selects Israeli scholarship recipients to attend the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Baum is a member of Zarwin Baum’s Business Practice, Casualty Defense, Professional Liability & Malpractice, and Environmental Practice groups.

Founded in 1960, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. is a full-service Philadelphia based law firm with offices in Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Jersey City and Marlton, NJ.

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