Monday 23 March 2015


YITSKHOK-ARN (IZYDOR, ISAAC) BERNFELD (October 21, 1854-June 2, 1930)
He was born in Tysmenytsia (Tyśmienica), eastern Galicia, the older brother of Dr. Shimen Bernfeld.  He was a teacher of Jewish religion in a state school in Stryi (Stryj), Galicia.  He worked for the Polonization of Jews.  He edited the Hebrew section (Hamazkir [The scribe]) of the Polish-Hebrew periodical Ojczyzna (Fatherland), 1881-1886; and he authored Hebrew-Polish dictionaries and a Polish grammar in Yiddish.

Sources: Gershom Bader, Medina veḥakhameha (The state and its sages) (New York, 1934), p. 152; Zalmen Reyzen, in Jubilee publication for Keneder odler (January 30, 1938); Dr. Y. Shatski, in Yivo-bleter 23 (1944), p. 132; Polski słownik biograficzny (Polish biographical dictionary) (Cracow, 1930).

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