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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!
Produced by Lank Beach Productions


Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Club Regent. A celebration of Winnipeg's multicultural fabric through music and dance.


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.

Available at 258 McDermot or



Chai Folk Ensemble Auditions

North Americaís largest & oldest Israeli folk troupe of dancers, singers & musicians offers an opportunity for friendship, performance & travel!

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 10 7:30 pm at the Chai Studio, 531 Notre Dame Ave Seeking Male and Female Dancers* trained in jazz, ballet or folk dance and Singers and Musicians* with an interest in world music.

*must be 16 years of age or older
Application forms & info at: 204-477-7497 or info@chai.mb.ca

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