About Safekeeping Stories

Storykeeping® programs make it easy for people to create a meaningful family story in about 10 pages. 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 that leads to remarkable satisfaction.

Participants not only preserve their story, but gain surprising insights into the unique qualities of their families, which can be appreciated now and shared with the generations to come.

Learn more from our program participants.


Who We Are

Jill Sarkozi

Jill Sarkozi

Founder

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 for nine years as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area.

Paul recently 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

In addition to Jill Sarkozi

Ellen Kaidanow

Debby Ziering

Bill Zimmerman

Let us help you safekeep your family’s story!