Teacher of Hebrew in the University of Cambridge, England; born of Austrian parents at Uman, or Human, a small town in southern Russia (at that time Poland), in the year 1785. His father being a converted Jew, he was brought up as a Christian. He went to England in 1825; settled in Cambridge as a private teacher in 1830; and was appointed "Præceptor Linguæ Sacræ" in the university on Oct. 18, 1837, succeeding Josephus Crool. He died at Cambridge, aged seventy-two, on Nov. 15, 1857, after teaching there with marked success for twenty-seven years.
Bernard published the following works: "The Creed and Ethics of the Jews Exhibited in Selections from the Yad ha-Ḥazaḳah of Maimonides" (1832); and "Ha-Menahel" (The Guide of the Hebrew Student), 1839. During Bernard's blindness in 1853 appeared "Me Menuḥot" (Still Waters), an easy, practical Hebrew grammar, in two volumes, by the Rev. P. H. Mason (afterward fellow and president of St. John's College) and Hermann Bernard. Bernard's lectures on the Book of Job, edited by his former pupil, Frank Chance (afterward a member of the Old Testament Revision Committee), appeared in one volume in 1864, but the editor's promised appendix was never published.