Jews have live in Ein Zeitim, on and off, for centuries. In the 16th century, it was one of the major farming communities in the Galilee. It also served as a place of refuge for the Jews of Safed during the Arab intifadas of the 1830s. The community was renewed briefly between 1891 and shortly before World War I.
After 1918 Ein Zeitim was resettled but was again abandoned and destroyed in the 1929 Arab riots. A few families subsequently returned but were forced to leave again in the 1936 riots. Today, Ein Zeitim is one the major recreation areas in northern Israel.