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The Chai Folk Ensemble has been widely acclaimed as North America's oldest and largest Israeli folk dance ensemble. Founded in 1964 by the late Sarah Sommer, Chai has built an international reputation for the unique blend of international dance, music and song that gives it its name...Hebrew for "alive".

A truly all-encompassing Jewish cultural experience, Chai is made up of more than 40 dancers, singers and musicians. It is the only Israeli folk ensemble in North America to perform exclusively to live musical accompaniment.


  Chai: 50 Years Alive!
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New! Contributions now being accepted for the "Erna Kimmel" - Spirit of Chai - Tribute Fund"

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How to be in the Chai Folk Ensemble!

Chai is always on the lookout for talented dancers, singers and musicians who would like to become part of the Chai family. Chai provides an opportunity for young people to experience this unique group who proudly represent Israel, Winnipeg and Canada, both here and around the world.

Performers must be 16 years of age or older. Auditions are usually held twice a year but give us a call if you or someone you know, is interested - 204-477-7497.

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Through the universal languages of music and dance, the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble reminds audiences around the world what a joy and privilege it is to be alive. Designed by Hilary Druxman to commemorate Chaiís 50th anniversary, this handcrafted sterling silver wearable art honours the past while propelling us into the future with renewed energy. Net proceeds will help Chai continue to share Jewish culture and history, find our commonality and embrace our passion and humanity.

Celebrate Chai. Celebrate Life.

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