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Thursday 7th December 2017

On Wednesday 29th November, the United Synagogue held ‘An Evening with Lance Forman’ at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue.

Lance Forman, owner of world-renowned salmon smokehouse, H. Forman and Son, spoke to almost 200 people about his book, Forman’s Games, as guests enjoyed a smoked salmon and wine reception.

Lance detailed the many challenges he has faced, including a factory fire in 1998, followed by a flood in 2000 and perhaps most significantly, being subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order and having to relocate to make way for the running track of the Olympic Stadium, as London were confirmed as hosts of the 2012 Olympic Games. Attendees were treated to some fascinating unpublished information, as Lance continued to tell of his experiences.   

The evening also included a Q&A session, chaired by MP Mike Freer, which saw attendees engaging with Lance, asking numerous questions about his “interesting journey”. An auction took place where a number of items were sold, with all proceeds going towards US Chesed, and the evening concluded with a book signing with Lance.

Auction items included a House of Commons whisky signed by Prime Minister, Theresa May 

Speaking about the event, United Synagogue Director of Development, Alan Aziz, said: “This event was a huge success. Our guests were mesmerised by Lance’s story and I am delighted that through providing a thrilling evening, we were able to raise a substantial amount of money for US Chesed, which will go towards helping those within our community who are in need of support. A huge thank you to Hampstead Garden Suburb US for hosting the event and to Lance for giving the audience an insight into his captivating journey.”  

Ida Symons of the US Development Department at the book signing with Lance Forman