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About Aryae Coopersmith

Aryae is currently focused on launching One World Lights, a new global community of leaders, global citizens, from all backgrounds and walks of life, who are driving positive change in their own communities, and reaching out to support each other with the mission of accelerating humanity's course change toward a healthy, just, peaceful and sustainable world. Our founding members include Silicon Valley business leaders and ecumenically oriented spiritual leaders. Our vision is a community of global citizens connecting locally in 1,000 wisdom circles around the world, and globally through the Internet. More at He is author of "Holy Beggars: A Journey from Haight Street to Jerusalem". This memoir tells the story of a student, a spiritual teacher, and the spiritual revolution in 1960s San Francisco. Aryae is founder of the HR Forums, a community of senior human resource leaders based in Silicon Valley, and served as its CEO from 1998 - 2013. Over that time the HR leaders from most of the Valley's major companies -- such as 3Com, Adobe, Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Intuit, Juniper, Hewlett-Packard, National Semiconductor, PeopleSoft,, SRI International, Sun, Yahoo -- as well as other major players such as Blue Shield of California, Genentech, Visa, Wells Fargo -- have been involved. The legacy of the HR Forums is a learning community of strong, lasting connections among HR leaders that continues to benefit everyone, and reaches beyond business to include life-long friendships. Prior to founding the HR Forums, Aryae was a Principal with The Tom Peters Group in Palo Alto. In the decade prior to that, he worked as a sales manager and account executive in Silicon Valley. Aryae has an MA in Humanistic Psychology from California State University, Sonoma. He lives near the beach with his wife Wendy, and works out of his home office, in the little town of El Granada, a few miles south of San Francisco.



On April 2, 2024 we got the sad news yesterday from the Aquarian Minyan that a dear friend to many of us in the Bay Area Jewish Renewal community, Marty Potrop, had just passed away on April 1, at age 72. May his memory be a blessing.

I wrote about Marty in Holy Beggars. He was Shomer — literally “Guardian,” or Board Chair — of the Minyan in 1997. Eventually the controversy that was raging in the community at that time became so intense that he felt he could no longer hold the community together.

So he called one night to ask if I would be willing take on that role if the Council invited me. That was the last thing in the world I wanted, and I felt that he was better qualified than I was. But Marty argued very passionately that new leadership was needed during this difficult time, and he wanted me to step up.

It was the most intense and intimate conversation that we ever had with each other. And there were consequences that neither of us could foresee.

So Marty, in honor of your memory brother, and with prayers in my heart for peace and light and blessings at this stage of your journey, I want to share these passages from Holy Beggars: Shomer.

On Turning 80

On Turning 80

Blessings for the twilight.
Blessings for the dawn.

Blessings to the elders.
Blessings to the grandchildren.

Blessings to the lovers.
Blessings to the ones who need love.

Blessings to the One who opens the gates and cycles the seasons,
rolling light from the face of darkness
and darkness from the face of light.

Blessings of beginnings.
Blessings of endings.

Blessings to the one who wanders lost in the darkness.
Blessings to the one who lights a candle in the night.

Blessings to the one who knows when it’s time to leave the party.

Blessings to the one who puts another log in the fire,
drinks one more cup of coffee, and parties on.

Blessings to the beautiful fleeting butterflies of Impermanence.

Blessings to all who walk this road with courage and love,
doing we’re here to do: partners with the Eternal.