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I arrived late for the last minyan for Maariv. Should I

A) Pray the amida with the community and lose the proximity of "geula" to "tefilla" but gain the "tefilla betzibbur" or

B) Pray in order, losing "tefilla betzibbur"?

Related to Barchu or Kavana and an unsourced comment there by Yahu.

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What comment by Yahu? – Double AA Jul 23 '13 at 21:37
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Shulchan Aruch, OC 236:3:

If someone discovered a group that had already read [the evening] "Sh'ma" and is about to say amida [of maariv], then he should say amida with them and then say "Sh'ma" with its blessings.

See more at "What to do after sh'mone esre before Sh'ma".

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