Michael was born in Chisinau into a Jewish family that has its roots in Bessarabia for at least 150 years. He studied Spanish and Literature in Chisinau State University, and graduated with honors in International Economic Relations, receiving an MPA from the Academy Public Administration of Moldova. Michael worked for a decade at the local American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Branch, and was one of the organizers of JCC KEDEM where he worked since its opening. Michael has published four books of poetry, essays and translations. He is married and has two sons.