About Safekeeping Stories

We run small group workshops online and for organizations that teach people to write a short and engaging story about their family’s history using our Storykeeping® method. No special writing talent required.

Developed through years of research and feedback from participants and our faculty, our proven process for capturing family stories provides the necessary structure, feedback, and encouragement to get the job done.

Participants not only preserve their story, but gain surprising insights into the unique qualities of their family along the way. We often hear from program participants that the result is a 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 Creator & Facilitator | Speaker

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

A former lawyer and mother of four, Jill was drawn to capture her family story after noticing the profound sense of connection and belonging she felt when learning about her grandparents from a box of letters, memorabilia, and some genealogy. She wanted to pass along a family story that would engage her kids in the same way, so she borrowed from genealogy, memoir-writing, religion, literature, and the psychology of well-being to create her own Storykeeping method.

Jill has helped people with all kinds of writing and language abilities write beautiful family stories in about 10-15 pages and is passionate about Storykeeping because she has seen first hand that:

• Knowing something about the stories, culture, and traditions of parents and grandparents strengthens families for the future.

• Family story writing brings connection, purpose, and understanding to the writer in the present.

Jill’s father-in-law is a Holocaust survivor and she is very proud of the 18-session custom workshop she created and facilitated for 3 years for the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center to help children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors preserve their family’s story.

Jill also created the Safekeeping Stories Journey to Poland, the Memory Keepers group, and has prepared speakers for the Generations Foward 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 eleven 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!