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What’s Storykeeping?

Storykeeping provides tools and techniques that enable people to create a meaningful family story in about a dozen pages. We teach you a process for learning how to develop a personal system for doing the work, provide the focus to get your pen moving, and before you know it you’ve got a notebook full of […]

Focused Freeform Jotting or FFJ

The most essential tool for Storykeeping is pretty basic: pen, paper, and Focused Freeform Jotting or “FFJ.” Let’s take each word in turn: Focused Start with a focusing question or topic. We provide them when you take our programs, and include them in the posts on this website. Give yourself a time limit, anywhere from […]

Ellen Kaidanow – 2G Storykeeper

Ellen is a Second Generation Storykeeper who grew up in California and lives with her family in Westchester County, NY. Which workshop did she take? Safekeeping Stories of the Holocaust Workshop led by Jill Sarkozi in 2016. Who did she write about? Her mother-in-law, also named Ellen Kaidanow, who was from Dubno, Poland. “I’m coming […]

Debby Ziering – 2G Storykeeper

Debby is a Second Generation Storykeeper who grew up in New Rochelle, New York. She lives with her husband in Greenwich, Connecticut and has three grown children. Which workshop did she take? Safekeeping Stories of the Holocaust Workshop led by Jill Sarkozi in 2016. Who did she write about? Her father, Herman Ziering, who was […]