Clas­sic Kollek from the JC archives

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

In the paved ar­eas of cafés and small shops that sur­round the Ben-Ye­hu­dah mall in Jerusalem, they had never seen any­thing like it. In a pub­lic­ity stunt, Teddy Kollek, run­ning hard for re­elec­tion in Novem­ber, and one of his old­est friends, the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned vi­o­lin­ist Isaac Stern, launched what they self-dep­re­cat­ingly called ‘Teddy and Isaac’s Street Show’, wherein Mr Stern busked in the street and Mr Kollek col­lected cam­paign do­na­tions. About $200 was raised for the Kollek cam­paign.

Ban­ner-wav­ing sup­port­ers of Mr Kollek’s main ri­val, for­mer Likud Health Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert, marched into the area, full of peo­ple who could not be­lieve they were go­ing to hear Isaac Stern play the vi­o­lin.

Mr Kollek dealt smartly with his ri­val’s ab­sence: ‘I’m sorry that “The Other One”, whose name I have forgotten, couldn’t come here him­self — he might have en­joyed the mu­sic.’

The pair — Mr Stern, 73, Mr Kollek, 82 — ev­i­dently jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to show off youth­ful flair. One charmed lis­tener said: ‘When Teddy goes, Jerusalem is go­ing to be a dull city.’

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