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We changed the clocks last weekend, and beginning this week, Kehilat Hadar is changing its clock too -- services will now start half an hour earlier, at 9AM, for the fall and winter. Changing the clocks make the time of sunrise earlier, and so the zmanei tefilah (prayer times) shift earlier as well. In particular, we set the time of our service based on sof zman tefilah*, the time when the leader’s repetition of the Shacharit amidah needs to be complete. In order to hold the spirited songful services that we enjoy as a community and still adhere to the halachic end-time for Shacharit, we need to shift to an earlier start time.
So bring your coffee (or come enjoy ours)! Start your Shabbat lunch earlier and still fit in time for a nap! Come join us at the start to help make the minyan, and enjoy the same Kehilat Hadar services you’ve grown to love, now at a slightly earlier time. We look forward to davening with you.
*There is a common misconception that we set our start time based on sof zman shema, the latest time to say the shema, which is one quarter of the way through the day’s daylight hours. Sof zman tefilah is later, as it is one third of the way through the day’s daylight hours. If you’d like to learn more, we recommend https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_calendar#Day_and_hours