(QHA) -

The Crimean authorities will provide to the region's Jewish community land sites for the construction of synagogues and culture centers in Simferopol and Yalta, Sergey Aksyonov, the head of Crimea, said.

"The authorities have been ordered to look for sites in Simferopol and Yalta to build cultural and spiritual centers," Aksyonov said in Simferopol while meeting with representatives of the Jewish organizations of Crimea and Russia's chief rabbi Berel Lazar.

Aksyonov said the administration of Crimea will also consider returning the building of a Jewish boys' school, which was built in the early 20th century and where the physical education department of the Crimean Federal University is now located, to the Jewish community.

Aksyonov also said there are plans to help the creation of a Jewish cultural center in Yevpatoria.