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by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-01-08

Rabbi Tony Bayfield

Rabbi Tony Bayfield: Pic(c) Don McCullin

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield, head of the Movement for Reform Judaism are to be featured in a new photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London next month.

The two religious leaders join with photographs of other religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism as part of Faith and Church.

"We must have mediation, especially now, and these ten people are so vitally important to that process," said photographer Don McCullin.

Rabbi Bayfield was photographed in the Room of Prayer of the Leo Baeck College while Sir Jonathan had his portrait taken at St John’s Wood United Synagogue.

The photographs were taken last year by McCullin and the exhibition runs from February 3 to May 7 and aims to celebrate the spiritual diversity of modern England.

"I am absolutely stunned to have been invited to take partm" said Rabbi Bayfield. "That a Reform rabbi should be included amongst this country's religious leaders is a quite remarkable achievement for a Movement which was only founded in 1942."

Sir Jonathan said of his photograph: "It’s nice to get a tallit into the National Portrait Gallery."

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