Travel to the Middle East without ever leaving Rockaway. On May 15 meet a leader who helps to close the gap and enhance American, Afghani, and Israeli ties. The event starts at 10 a.m. in the Temple Ballroom at Sisterhood Temple Beth-El, located at 201 Beach 121 Street, Rockaway Park. Michael Cohen, a leader of the Flushing Queens Afghan Jewish Community, will headline a book author brunch with his “Journey Among Nations” publication. Donations are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Friends and family are encouraged to come along. The brunch promises to deliver an intriguing affair, where Cohen will take attendees from Kabul to Israel and back to the United States.