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Students, parents, faculty pitch in to help dogs of late Akiva teacher

Published: Thu, February 2, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.


Maddi Graham, a seventh-grader at Akiva Academy in Youngstown, holds a picture of Dahlia the Dalmatian, who needed a home after the death of her owners. The people in the photograph are Dahlia’s new owners.

Students, parents, faculty pitch in to help the dogs of late Akiva Academy Hebrew teacher

By Denise Dick



When Akiva Academy Hebrew teacher Rhoda Mostov and her husband died last year, they left their two rescue dogs as orphans.

That prompted students, teachers and parents to act.

“She loved her animals,” teacher Cathy Doslovic said.

Seventh-graders Maddi Graham, 13, and Courtney Wade, 12, and sixth-grader Abigail Scharf, 11, said Mostov often talked about her pets when a day’s Hebrew lessons were finished.

The girls said Mostov was a great teacher, too.

“She wouldn’t let you leave the room until you learned what you needed to learn,” Courtney said. “She really cared.”

Mostov was ill for nearly a year before she died in a nursing home last November. Her husband, Marv, who also had been ill, died a few hours before his wife.

Abigail visited Mostov in the nursing home.

“She was one of the best Hebrew teachers Akiva has ever had or ever will have,” she said.

Maddi’s mother also learned Hebrew from Mostov.

Mostov “was excited when she found out I was my mother’s daughter,” she said.

Dickens, a 6-year-old Bedlington terrier Mostov rescued from a Texas animal shelter, was adopted quickly by a Columbus family.

But Dahlia, a 7-year-old Dalmatian the teacher rescued from the Mahoning County Dog Pound, still needed a home.

Mahoning Valley shelters they contacted wouldn’t take the dog because they were full.

Doslovic found Close to Home, based in Mentor, to accept Dahlia. While the rescue group searched for a foster home, Dahlia stayed at Wags ’n Wiggles Resort in Canfield.

The organization paid for the dog’s medical care and provided food until she found a home.

They set up a jar at school with a picture of Dahlia propped inside for people to bring in change. Because Mostov was a teacher for 20 years at Akiva and even longer at Congregation Rodef Sholom, some current students’ parents learned Hebrew from her.

“They brought in money and change and dog toys and treats,” Doslovic said. “It was students and teachers and parents.”

The school raised more than $300 that was donated to the rescue organization.

Dahlia, who lived in a foster home for a couple of months, found a home.

“They said it’s like she’s always been there,” Doslovic said. “The little boy loves her because he’s 71/2 and she’s 71/2 and they have the same birthday.”


1Superstar7(122 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Jewish Peoples most important calling, our most important responsibility is to help make the world better.
The Torah (YOUR original, unabridged Bible) states:
"To save one person is to save The Cosmos."

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2LittleRiver(10 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Nice storie. So nice to hear about the good things that people do for others and animals.

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3steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I think that after reading that terrible story about what was done to those poor puppies this story about good people who cared enough to step up and do such a wonderful thing to help Dahlia was much needed today.

Sometimes it's hard to remember there's still some kind and careing people out there.
Dahlia has a loving home with a new best friend made possible by some wonderful folks.

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4LucyAHeyman(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I just thought that the facts the placement of Dickens, Rhoda and Marvin
Mostov's Bedlington Terrier should be clarified. As his breeder, Chairman of the
Bedlington Terrier Wellness and Rescue
Association, Inc. and Secretary of the Bedlington Terrier Club of America, Inc., I
was well equipped to network and advocate for Dickens. The Mostov family
fostered him and I was able to place him
in Columbus, OH with a wonderful family
that already had a female Bedlington from
me. Dickens has worked out well and become a beloved member of their family.
For some reason, I was given the impression that Dahlia the Dalmatian was
going to stay with the family and I'm glad
that she has found a permanent home.

Lucy Heyman

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