If the only minyan for Kabbalat Shabbat/maariv davens two hours after tzeis (in the winter), is one required to wait to daven b'tzibur, or is there leniency to daven at tzeis without a minyan so that one can eat the seudah earlier - at 5:30PM rather than at 8:30PM (for example)?

This question is based within the position which forbids eating a meal before davening maariv. In other words, what is preferable, davening at tzeis alone and making the seuda as soon as possible, or waiting to daven b'tzibur, all the while allowing two hours of Shabbos to pass when one might be hungry and tired?

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    The minyan two hours after tzeis could be composed of mechallelei shabbos. Does this have a bearing? – Avrohom Yitzchok Jan 17 '18 at 15:46
  • (Some Poskim require one to pray alone any night in order to eat before Maariv. Most Poskim think Friday night is no different from other nights in terms of eating before Maariv.) – Double AA Jan 17 '18 at 18:40
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    @BenjaminG This seems like just a question of how uncomfortable you have to make yourself it in order to daven with a minyan about which there is clearly no one size fits all answer. What is so unique about this circumstance that you expect something different? – Double AA Jan 17 '18 at 20:01
  • @AvrohomYitzchok Can you explain why the demographics of those davening matters - either on a weekday or on Shabbat? – DanF Jan 17 '18 at 21:21
  • @danf judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27776/759 – Double AA Jan 17 '18 at 22:37

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