Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse death not due to illegal drugs

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse did not have illegal drugs in her system when she died.

The Jewish singer, who died last month at the age of 27, had fought a high profile battle with addiction for several years.

But despite speculation about an overdose, a family spokesman said toxicology tests ruled out illegal drugs as a cause of death.


Death that exposed ignorance

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 8, 2011

What does the sad death of Amy Winehouse (Aleha haShalom) tell us about the ways in which Judaism is perceived within British society?

The late Ms Winehouse and I inhabited different worlds. It's not simply that we came from distinct generations. She lived a lifestyle that I would never have lived and purveyed a musical genre of which I am ignorant. But she was Jewish and so am I.


Sick notes about Amy

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

You may wonder what kind of addled brain could link Amy Winehouse's death and Israel but let me take you to the Irish4Palestine blog which found "quite a lot in common" between "the evil rogue state" and the singer, except that "she has a great voice and didn't kill people constantly".


Mark Ronson's tribute to Amy Winehouse: Valerie

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011
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Mark Ronson performs Valerie live at the Greenwich Summer Sessions, in a special tribute to his former collaborator Amy Winehouse.


Amy Winehouse: a frail little girl on course of self destruction

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

The rabbi who conducted Amy Winehouse's funeral service spoke for the first time this week of the trauma for her parents who lost their singer-sognwriter daughter.

Former Finchley Progressive Synagogue minister Rabbi Frank Hellner was asked to conduct the funeral service after a friend of Amy's father, who works with the rabbi's wife at Hendon Reform Synagogue, suggested him.

"I was quite s


Wide of the tattoo mark

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

Our nonsense detector began vibrating wildly when the Daily Mirror reported that Amy Winehouse could not have an Orthodox funeral unless her tattoos were removed.

Simply not true, says United Synagoue burial head Melvyn Hartog. "Halachically, you are not supposed to have tattoos," he explains. "But you also must be buried whole. Having a tattoo doesn't affect you having a Jewish burial at all.


Mark Ronson plays tribute gig to genius Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Mark Ronson has played a tribute concert to Amy Winehouse a day after he attended the funeral of the 27-year-old singer.

Despite some public spats, the two Jewish stars were close and Mr Ronson produced the singer's second album Back To Black.


Amy Winehouse 'was phone hacking victim'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A journalist has claimed that Amy Winehouse's phone was regularly hacked.

Charles Lavery did not specify which news organisations he was referring to, but said that the Jewish star was targeted so that photographers could be on hand when she left rehab clinics.

Ms Winehouse, who died on Saturday at the age of 27, had a well-publicised battle with alcohol and drugs.


Amy Winehouse: the rabbi's funeral address in full

July 27, 2011

"We are assembled here today, not so much to grieve-although we do that-but mainly to celebrate Amy's life and to give thanks for the privilege of having shared part of her 27 years on earth, a life, which although short, touched so many other lives, not only her immediate family and close friends, but people around the world; people who may never have met her, personally, but knew her by her musi


Jewish funeral for Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Amy Winehouse's funeral has been held in North London.

Friends and family of the 27-year-old singer attended a private funeral service at Edgwarebury Jewish cemetery on Tuesday lunchtime.

During the ceremony Ms Winehouse's father Mitch addressed those gathered and said: "Goodnight my angel, sleep tight."