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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 don’t teach writing because no particular writing skills are necessary. Our goal is to have you write your stories as you tell them because your kids (and their kids) will treasure that. Anyone can do […]

Everyone Can Be A Storykeeper

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 […]

Know Your Why

If you find yourself staring at a blank page when you sit down to do your Storykeeping, begin by asking yourself why you are there. Knowing your why will help you decide what to write about.

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 […]

A Prewar Slice of Debby’s Story

by Second Generation Storykeeper Debby Ziering My dad, Herman was born in 1926 in Kassel Germany. He was the oldest of two sons born to Isaac and Cilly; his brother “Sigi” was two years younger than him. Herman called his parents Pop and Mutti.  Mutti and Pop met in Poland and moved to Kassel Germany […]

A Wartime Slice of Debby’s Story

by Second Generation Storykeeper Debby Ziering It was December 1939 in Germany and Herman, was turning 13. Under normal circumstances, when a boy reaches the age of 13, the family would be busy planning a bar mitzvah, a major milestone in a young Jewish boy’s life. The bar mitzvah boy would recite that week’s Torah […]