Shlomo Rindenow was born in Israel, the son of Rabbi Mordechai and Mindy Rindenow, and grew up in Passaic, NJ. The youngest of 9 children, along with most of his siblings came back to Israel to serve in the IDF or Sherut Leumi. Shlomo was considered a “lone soldier”; he served a year doing search and rescue and later was in combat engineers.
He was multi-talented quick learner who taught himself to do everything, from fixing locks to pipes to throwing knives. He was remembered by his siblings as being strong yet gentle, mature beyond his years.
On July 17, 2016, he was one of a group of soldiers riding in a light armored military vehicle on the Golan Heights when a grenade in the possession of the driver accidentally exploded. Shlomo and one other died and several were injured.
At his funeral Nahal Sorek Regional Council head Eli Eskozido said of Shlomo, “You could have remained in the US, but you chose to come here and to serve in the army and to be in a combat unit, and to safeguard the land of Israel that you so loved.”
He is survived by his parents and siblings.