About Safekeeping Stories

Write a Family Legacy Story for Your Children

Safekeeping Stories helps people give their children a personal and meaningful connection to the stories, culture, and traditions of their parents and grandparents in our Storykeeping® workshop experience. No special writing skills are required. 

Developed through years of research and feedback from participants and our faculty, our proven method of capturing family stories offers a mix of structure, guidance, feedback, and encouragement. Participants preserve their story and gain surprising insights into the unique qualities of their families along the way.

Storykeepers tell us the result is a fulfilling sense of connection, purpose, meaning, and understanding not only of their family, but of themselves.

Learn more from our program participants.


Who We Are

Jill Sarkozi

Jill Sarkozi

Founder & Program Facilitator

Jill is the founder of Safekeeping Stories and creator of Storykeeping.

A former lawyer and mother of four, Jill was drawn to the idea of capturing family stories after noticing the deep sense of connection and belonging she felt when learning about her own family from a box of letters and memorabilia.

Eager for her children to have the same experience and help others do the same, Jill turned to the available tools for passing on stories and making meaning in them --- genealogy, memoir-writing, religion, literature, and the psychology of well-being ---- and borrowed from each to create her own Storykeeping method.

The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center asked Jill to design a workshop to help family members of survivors preserve their family’s story. Jill’s father-in-law is a Holocaust survivor so creating the Safekeeping Stories of the Holocaust Workshop has been a particularly meaningful project.

Jill also created the Safekeeping Stories Journey to Poland, the Memory Keepers group, and has prepared speakers for the GenerationsForward Holocaust Speakers Community.

Jill has a degree in finance from Tulane University, a law degree from Tulane Law School, and a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. She is a member of the Biographers Guild of Greater New York.

Photo: Justine Knight Photography

Paul Sarkozi

Paul Sarkozi

Business and Legal Advisor

Paul Sarkozi is Chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP in New York City and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area for the past ten years.

Paul served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, which regularly addresses critical issues affecting business litigation in both NY State and Federal courts. Paul is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the Negotiation Workshop.

Paul graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He is part of the Second Generation; his father, grandparents, and uncle survived the Holocaust.

Photo: Justine Knight Photography

Program Facilitators

Ellen Kaidanow

Debby Ziering

Bill Zimmerman

Let us help you safekeep your family’s story!