Jesse Eisenberg is Ashkenazi Jewish. One of Jesse’s paternal great-grandfathers was named Sam Eisenberg. He was from Poland.
Jesse Adam Eisenberg was born on October 5, 1983, in Queens, New York to Jewish parents Barry Eisenberg and Amy Fishman. He grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey. His mother, Amy Fishman, worked as a clown at children’s parties and was a choreographer for a Catholic high school. She now teaches cultural sensitivity in hospitals. His father, Barry Eisenberg, drove a taxi cab before running a hospital and then moving on to becoming a college professor, teaching sociology. He has two sisters, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, a former child actress who was once famous as the "Pepsi girl" in a series of commercials. His other sister, Kerri Eisenberg, now Kerry Lea, who also worked as an actress, ran a vegetarianism and animal rights-based children's theatre troupe and is now an independent artist in New York.