Heeb Magazine has announced its annual list of 100 Jews to watch. Some of our favorites among the honorees, along with insights they’ve shared with Tablet Magazine: Lisa Anne Auerbach, who knits sweaters with quirky political and environmental messages, told us, “I was riding my bicycle everywhere, and I couldn’t put bumper stickers on it. So I decided to be my own bumper stickers.” David Griffin, whose band Hebrew School recasts traditional Jewish songs as indie rock jams, joked that his work is “a therapy process for me, working the songs through my head.” Nathan Rabin, head writer for the A.V. Club and author of a new memoir about growing up in a Chicago Jewish Children’s Bureau group home, visited his biological mom—a “super goy”—after years of estrangement: “The first thing my mother did when she saw me was she presented me with this Jell-o mold. And I remember thinking she may as well have just given me a crucifix.” We hope these and the other cool characters on the list won’t be offended that Heeb also gives props to someone called “Tushy the Cat,” who the magazine says “sheds fascinating insights on the mediocrities and banalities of the contemporary feline species.”

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