Entries by Jill Sarkozi

How to Start Writing Your Story

If you don’t know what you are doing when you sit down to write about your family, you will be overwhelmed. And rightly so. It’s complicated. You think you are writing about other people, but you’re not. They are you and you are them in ways you know and don’t know. You sit down to […]

Bill Zimmerman – 2G Storykeeper

Bill is a Second Generation Storykeeper who grew up outside of New York City in Flushing, Queens. He lives in New York with his wife, and has three grown children and seven grandchildren. Which workshop did he take? Safekeeping Stories of the Holocaust Workshop led by Jill Sarkozi in 2018. Who did he write about? […]

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 […]

Everyone Can Write About Their Family

When we were kids, we learned through stories. Stories told by teachers in school, and parents at bedtime. We took in current events through news stories, and discovered our wants through stories in ads on TV. We also learned about our family through stories told at holidays and around the dinner table each night. As […]

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 […]

Yonat Assayag – 3G Storykeeper

Yonat is a Third Generation Storykeeper who grew up in Beachwood, Ohio just outside of Cleveland, and lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband and three children. Which workshop did she take? Safekeeping Stories of the Holocaust Workshop led by Ellen Kaidanow in 2020. Who did she write about? Her grandmother, known in the […]