Many of the ancient stories passed on by our rabbis talk of welcoming a Jew into your home and synagogue. The essence is that we as Jewish people have always been hospitable.
The threat of terrorism and antisemitism is so escalated that on a recent trip to London it was no problem being admitted through border control, Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, but try attending synagogue on a High Holy Day. I understand why we have to be so cautious but I wrote to Jewish institutions to request an opportunity to attend synagogue. Only two of 10 letters received replied. One asked for further information as well as a security reference and the other replied by the time I had already returned from my trip.
I got the sense that it was more of a hassle than convenient to accommodate foreign Jews. I do not believe that there was any ill-intent in ignoring me, I just believe that it was the easier and safer option.
I find it awfully sad that an unintended consequence of the scourge in antisemitism has been the rights of Jews being denied an opportunity to stop in and pray. I understand why all the red tape from a Jewish perspective, but I will never appreciate how far we have come