I was on Long Island most of last week. On Friday night, I attended services at the Community Synagogue in Port Washington. On Firday nights in the summer, they manage to lead services in a way that does not contradict the position of the sun. I’ll explain.
In most congregation, if Firday night services begin at 7:30, they always begin at 7:30, even during the summer when the sun doesn’t set until 8:15 or 8:30. At the Community Synagogue, however, they begin services at 7:30 on Firday nights. But it’s not an erev Shabat service. It’s weekday minchah, the afternoon service! They follow minchah with Kabalat Shabat, candles, and kidush. Then everyone goes home. Genius.