New York has the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel. Jews from Brazil who fled from the Portuguese Inquisition arrived in the city as early as 1654. At the beginning of the last century, many Jewish immigrants settled in the city or rather in different parts of Brooklyn. The Jewish community has a strong influence on the character and development of New York. The city has an extensive infrastructure providing resources to support Jewish lifestyle. There are many synagogues, kosher shops and restaurants, Chabad houses. The city hosts conferences and events for the Jewish public and much more. Most non-Jewish New Yorkers also consume kosher food — many Americans believe kosher food is cleaner and healthier.