Ein Hod is a rural settlement Located south of Mount Carmel and southeast of Haifa. In 2008 it had a population of 559.
The village is situated on a hillside amidst olive groves, with a view of the Mediterranean Sea and a twelfth-century Crusader fortress. Prior to the the independence war of Israel in 1948, Ein Hod was the site of the Arab village of Ein Hawd. Most of the Arab inhabitants were displaced as a result of the war but some remained in the area and settled nearby, forming a new village, also by the name of Ein Hawd. After a failed attempt to create a moshav on the site, Ein Hod became an artists colony in 1953. The driving spirit behind the project was Marcel Janco, an acclaimed Dada artist, who kept the village from being demolished by the security forces and convinced the government to let him build an artists’ colony there. Many Israeli painters, sculptors and musicians live in Ein Hod, and maintain studios and galleries that are open to the public. Efforts have been made to preserve some of the old houses.
Many tourists visit the village on weekends to enjoy the beauty of the village located at the foot of Carmel, plenty galleries, Janco Dada Museum, and restaurants scattered throughout the village.
During the summer months, performances of popular music and light entertainment take place in an outdoor amphitheatre. Throughout the year, free outdoor jazz concerts are held on Saturdays near the village’s central square.