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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.

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Kat Graham: Black and Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011
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Actress Kat Graham (star of The Vampire Diaries), who has a Jewish mother and a Liberian father, spoofs the Wiz Khalifa rap song Black and Yellow, with a hilarious version more appropriate to her roots.

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Mark Ronson pays tribute to 'sister' Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2011

Mark Ronson has paid tribute to singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at her Camden flat on Saturday.

The DJ and producer, who collaborated with her on the 2007 song Valerie, was one of many celebrities to use Twitter to comment on the Jewish singer’s premature death.

He wrote: "She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me.

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Zara Tobias auditions for Israel's Hallelujah contest

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2011
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Zara Tobias performs Bob Dylan's Make You feel My Love to win a place in the semi-finals of Israel's Hallelujah singing contest

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Amy Winehouse: Rehab, live

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2011
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Amy Winehouse was found dead at home on Saturday. Here, she performs one of her biggest hits.

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Amy Winehouse found dead at age 27

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2011

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27.

The Jewish musician, whose hits included Rehab and Back to Black, was found in her Camden flat on Saturday afternoon. The Metropolitan Police said her death was unexplained.

The star, who won five Grammy awards, three Ivor Novello awards and several Brit awards, received critical praise throughout her career.

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Bristol grit may see Zara through to sing Hallelujah

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Most people come back from gap years with souvenirs and a suntan. Bristol teenager Zara Tobias returned from her time in Israel with a place in an international singing competition.

Zara, 19, is one of 30 hoping to be named the next Jewish star at Israel's Hallelujah contest next month.

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Hippest Jewish music label in world shuts

By Ellen Tumposky, July 21, 2011

The Jewish music label and events promoter JDub is shutting down - a victim of the recession and lack of donations.

In a letter on its website, founder Aaron Bisman expressed sorrow over the decision, saying: "The challenges facing our business model are too great to overcome."

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Massive Attack urge fans to support Palestine song

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

Massive Attack have directed the attention of their fans to anti-Israel causes for the second time.

The British duo used their Facebook page to publicise a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

They posted the link to OneWorld's 'Freedom for Palestine' single and said they believed the project engaged with "a lot of the important issues."

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Egyptians want Shakira boycott after Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

Shakira may have vowed "Whenever, Wherever" with the first hit of her career, but if protesters have their way she will have to take Cairo off her list.

The musician is the subject of a Facebook campaign to stop her performing in Egypt in November, launched after she spoke at President Shimon Peres's conference in Jerusalem.

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